Defence written question – answered on 27th June 2007.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Liberal Democrat, Lewes

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the oral answer of 18 June 2007, Official Report, columns 1068-69, on Iraq, on what date it was decided that troops in theatre in Iraq would not face a threat from weapons of mass destruction other than from pre-1991 stocks, chlorine bombs or similar items held by insurgents.

Photo of Des Browne Des Browne Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence, The Secretary of State for Defence

holding answer 21 June 2007

In the period following the formal cessation of hostilities, it was assessed that the threat to troops from weapons of mass destruction had decreased such that standard protective measures could be reduced. The precise moment will have depended on unit roles and tasks.

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