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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 Hunt of Chesterton Lord Hunt of Chesterton Labour 3:10 pm, 1st November 2001

My Lords, does the Minister agree that it is essential that every scientific and technological effort should be used to improve the detection of biological weapons and the prevention of their use and the consequent medical effects? Does she further agree that the current levels of science and technology in these areas are not sufficient, and that verification is therefore necessary along the lines of the convention?