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Ministry of Defence written question – answered at on 12 July 2017.

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Photo of The Marquess of Lothian The Marquess of Lothian Conservative

Her Majesty's Government, further to the Defence Secretary’s remarks on the Today Programme on 27 June that the UK will support US military action, provided it is legal, justified and proportionate, what is their definition of “proportionate” US military action in the event of the future use of chemical weapons by the government of Syria.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

The legal basis for any action the US might take is for their authorities to consider, and the UK position would be based on the facts of the case at the time. Nonetheless, the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons against its own population should not be tolerated.

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