§ 15. Mr. Dunnachie
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of the effect of the chemical weapons convention on international security. 
§ Mr. Soames
The chemical weapons convention provides for a comprehensive, global and verifiable ban on a complete class of weapons of mass destruction and also for the destruction of very large quantities of existing chemical warfare agents. Once fully implemented it will make a significant contribution to international security.