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Biological Weapons Convention

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:10 pm on 1st November 2001.

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Photo of Lord Archer of Sandwell Lord Archer of Sandwell Labour 3:10 pm, 1st November 2001

My Lords, will my noble friend accept my thanks for that Answer and my congratulations to the Government, who have given a vigorous lead throughout this project? Does she agree that events have demonstrated so dramatically the need for an effective verification regime that words are almost superfluous? Are the American reservations essentially that the draft protocol does not go far enough? If so, is there not a danger of the "best being the enemy of the good"? If the protocol is not in place in time for the review conference in November, will my noble friend assure the House that it will not be left high and dry, like so many worthwhile projects which have missed their time?