International Law: Use of Drones — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:53 pm on 20th November 2012.

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Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office) 2:53 pm, 20th November 2012

The noble Lord is right to raise the matter; this is an important issue and an important debate. In fact, it was on the front page of the Times today and has been on the front pages of many of our newspapers over time. He will be aware of parliamentary interest in both this House and the other place. In relation to the UK's conduct, specifically in Pakistan, I can confirm that we do not use armed drones against targets there. We do use unmanned air systems-drones-in Afghanistan, predominantly for surveillance and recognisance tasks.