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Drones

House of Lords written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead Shadow Spokesperson (International Development)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure that when drone attacks take place information is recorded on (1) the extent of civilian casualties, (2) the identity of those targeted, and (3) the legality of strikes in cases where the United Nations does not recognise that there is a conflict.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

The Government's position is that the use of unmanned aerial vehicles against terrorist targets is a matter for the states involved. We expect all states concerned to act in accordance with international law and take all feasible precautions to avoid civilian casualties when conducting military operations.

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