HL Deb 17 February 1998 vol 586 cc25-6WA
Lord Avebury

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will publish the text of any Article of any Resolution of the United Nations Security Council which authorises the use of military force if the Government of Iraq refuses to comply with the requirements of the Security Council concerning the elimination of weapons of mass destruction or fails to co-operate with United Nations inspectors appointed to oversee that process. [HL543]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean

The requirements on Iraq to destroy its weapons of mass destruction under international supervision are part of the conditions laid down by the Security Council for the ceasefire established at the end of the Gulf conflict in SCR 687. The text is a matter of public record.

The Security Council has the question of Iraq's compliance under active consideration and I cannot speculate on further decisions by the Council as the crisis develops.