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Unmanned Air Vehicles

Defence written question – answered on 25th February 2013.

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Photo of Tom Watson Tom Watson Labour Party Deputy Chair; Campaign Co-ordinator, Deputy Chair, Labour Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what steps his Department has taken to review the UK Reaper remotely piloted air system as required by article 36 of Additional Protocol I to the Geneva convention; and if he will place in the Library a copy of any such review.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

holding answer 18 December 2012

The Reaper Unmanned Air System has been the subject of legal reviews during the acquisition process, in accordance with the UK’s responsibilities under article 36 of Protocol I Additional to the Geneva conventions of 1949. The reviews concluded that Reaper is capable of being used lawfully and in accordance with all relevant international and domestic law. The reviews are subject to legal professional privilege and I am unwilling, therefore, to place copies in the Library of the House.

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