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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 2nd September 2013.

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Photo of Philip Hammond Philip Hammond The Secretary of State for Defence 2:30 pm, 2nd September 2013

That is a very good question and, of course, a completely separate issue. If the large stocks of chemical weapons held by the Syrian Government were to fall into the hands of non-state actors, that would represent a very serious threat to the region and indeed to the wider international community. I confirm, as the House would expect, that we have had and will continue to have dialogue with international partners about what we might collectively do if such a situation were to arise.