Cabinet (Meetings)

Part of First Minister's Question Time — Prime Minister (Meetings) – in the Scottish Parliament at 3:11 pm on 13 March 2003.

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Photo of Rt Hon Jack McConnell Rt Hon Jack McConnell Labour 3:11, 13 March 2003

I strongly believe that the United Nations is the right forum for such international decision making. That is why I have said consistently and—I hope—clearly that, should further military action be expected or required, the decision should be made in the United Nations. However, I am not prepared to second-guess what might or might not happen in the next few days.

Nobody should doubt that the Prime Minister's actions are motivated not only by what he believes to be right, but by a desire to represent British public opinion. It is right and proper to say that his actions in the past 48 hours to seek a second resolution that gives Saddam Hussein a further deadline, even though he was given a final deadline back in November, are honourable. I hope that the international community responds positively.