Weapons of Mass Destruction

Defence written question – answered on 11th February 2004.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his Department's definition is of a weapon of mass destruction.

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

As the Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, my hon. Friend for North Warwickshire (Mr. O'Brien), said on 28 January 2003, Hansard, column 769W, there is no universally accepted definition of the phrase "weapons of mass destruction", but it is generally held to refer to nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

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