Iraq

Prime Minister written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Liberal Democrat, Portsmouth South

To ask the Prime Minister what information the British Government passed to Dr. Hans Blix to assist in his search for weapons of mass destruction; what the results were of the weapons inspectors' investigations following up information passed on by the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Tony Blair Tony Blair Prime Minister

Since 1991, successive Governments have assisted the work of UN inspectors in Iraq, including Dr. Hans Blix and UNMOVIC. The Government provided information on our understanding of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and their associated programmes, based on all available sources. Dr. Blix acknowledged this himself on 13 January 2003 when he said on the BBC World Service:

"We have fairly good co-operation both with the Americans and British and other sources of intelligence and we are beginning to make more use of it".

Information passed by the Government would have been incorporated with information obtained by the UN inspectors from their other sources. It is not possible to say what the results were of UN inspectors' investigations based only on information passed by HMG.

Dr. Blix's reports to the UN Security Council do not differentiate between findings resulting from UK information and findings resulting from information from other sources.

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