Nuclear Weapons: Proliferation

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 6th March 2013.

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Photo of Martin Caton Martin Caton Labour, Gower

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will call for an international ban on weapons that can set and engage targets without further intervention from human operators once activated.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The use of weapons that can set and engage targets without further intervention from human operators once activated is governed by international humanitarian law as enshrined in the Geneva conventions and their additional protocols. The Government is strongly committed to upholding the Geneva conventions and encouraging others to do the same. The Government considers that the existing provisions of international humanitarian law are sufficient to regulate the use of these weapons and therefore we have no plans to call for an international ban. However, we remain firmly committed to their effective control.

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