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Defence written question – answered on 16th May 2002.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what basis the decision was made to include Libya as one of the four main countries of concern to the UK in her Department's memorandum on the Ballistic Missile Threat; what activities of Libya are of concern to the UK; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Geoff Hoon Geoff Hoon Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence

Although we currently assess there is no significant ballistic missile threat to the United Kingdom from Libya, Libya continues to have an active programme for the development of long-range ballistic missiles. We believe that Libya is also pursuing programmes for the development of weapons of mass destruction.

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