Cluster Munitions

Defence written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of David Drew David Drew Labour, Stroud

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) if he will ensure that US cluster bombs held in the UK are removed forthwith;

(2) by what mechanism his Department will ensure enforcement of the agreement that US cluster bombs should be removed from the UK.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

The United States inventory of weapons is declared annually to the Ministry of Defence who ensure that all weapons are appropriately licensed and stored.

The US has identified the cluster munitions on UK territory as exceeding their worldwide operational planning requirements. These cluster munitions will be removed from sites in the UK in 2010 and from all UK territories by 2013, as declared by Baroness Kinnock during the Cluster Munitions (Prohibitions) Bill Second Reading on 8 December 2009, Hansard, House of Lords, column 1020.

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