G7: Charlevoix, Quebec - Statement

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 6:16 pm on 11th June 2018.

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Photo of Lord Browne of Ladyton Lord Browne of Ladyton Labour 6:16 pm, 11th June 2018

My Lords, I thank the Leader of the House for the repetition of the Prime Minister’s Statement, which contained a report that the G7 agreed to strengthen the power of the OPCW to attribute chemical attacks. The OPCW does not have such a power—another UN body did, but it was closed when the Russians exercised their veto to stop its mandate being renewed. So how does the G7 without Russia intend to give this power to any body in the United Nations? Is there any explanation? What did the Prime Minister actually agree to?