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The Biological And Toxin Weapons Convention And Iraq

EDM number 819 in 2005-06, proposed by Austin Mitchell on 20/10/2005.

That this House notes that the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention binds signatories not to transfer to any nation any agents, toxins, weapons and equipment of biological and toxin warfare and provides that any nation finding another signatory in breach of this undertaking may lodge a complaint to the UN Security Council; notes that the Riegle Report to the US Senate has published evidence that the US sold bacillus anthracis, clostridium botulinum, histoplasma capsulatum, brucella, melitensis and clostridium perfringens to agencies of the Iraqi government pursuant to export licences issued by the US Department of Commerce, at a time when the US was fully aware of the Iraqi biological warfare programme and that these exports have been fully documented noting, in particular, that the US sales included Vollum strain anthrax, found by the Iraq Survey Group to be the strain of anthrax used in the Iraqi biological weapons programme, and which, as reported in The Times of 9th August, originated from a dead cow in Oxfordshire; calls on the Government to report these sales to the Security Council in the light of its commitment in the April 2002 Green Paper, Strengthening the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, that those at every level responsible for any breach of international law relating to the use of such weapons will be held personally accountable; and urges the Prime Minister either to lodge the necessary complaint with the Security Council or change the UK's stated policy after an appropriate public announcement and discussion.

This motion has been signed by a total of 56 MPs, 2 of these signatures have been withdrawn.

Austin Mitchell20/10/2005Great GrimsbyLabourProposed
Elfyn Llwyd21/10/2005Meirionnydd Nant ConwyPlaid CymruSeconded
Martin Caton21/10/2005GowerLabourSeconded
Paul Holmes21/10/2005ChesterfieldLiberal DemocratSeconded
Greg Mulholland21/10/2005Leeds North WestLiberal DemocratSeconded
Chris McCafferty21/10/2005Calder ValleyLabourSeconded
Lynne Jones21/10/2005Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSigned
John McDonnell21/10/2005Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSigned
Jeremy Corbyn21/10/2005Islington NorthLabourSigned
John Hemming21/10/2005Birmingham, YardleyLiberal DemocratSigned
John Cummings24/10/2005EasingtonLabourSigned
Rudi Vis24/10/2005Finchley and Golders GreenLabourSigned
Mike Hancock24/10/2005Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Ann Cryer24/10/2005KeighleyLabourSigned
Glenda Jackson24/10/2005Hampstead and HighgateLabourSigned
Kelvin Hopkins24/10/2005Luton NorthLabourSigned
Harry Cohen25/10/2005Leyton and WansteadLabourSigned
Paul Flynn25/10/2005Newport WestLabourSigned
Robert Wareing25/10/2005Liverpool, West DerbyLabourSigned
Rob Marris26/10/2005Wolverhampton South WestLabourSigned
Norman Baker26/10/2005LewesLiberal DemocratSigned
Michael Weir26/10/2005AngusScottish National PartySigned
Hywel Williams26/10/2005CaernarfonPlaid CymruSigned
Angus MacNeil26/10/2005Na h-Eileanan an IarScottish National PartySigned
Andrew George27/10/2005St IvesLiberal DemocratSigned
Michael Clapham27/10/2005Barnsley West and PenistoneLabourSigned
Clare Short27/10/2005Birmingham, LadywoodLabourSigned
Adam Price27/10/2005Carmarthen East and DinefwrPlaid CymruSigned
Vincent Cable27/10/2005TwickenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
David Drew28/10/2005StroudLabourSigned
George Galloway28/10/2005Bethnal Green and BowRespectSigned
Julia Goldsworthy28/10/2005Falmouth and CamborneLiberal DemocratSigned
David Howarth28/10/2005CambridgeLiberal DemocratSigned
Martin Horwood31/10/2005CheltenhamLiberal DemocratSigned
Neil Gerrard01/11/2005WalthamstowLabourSigned
Roger Williams01/11/2005Brecon and RadnorshireLiberal DemocratSigned
Angus Robertson03/11/2005MorayScottish National PartySigned
Alex Salmond03/11/2005Banff and BuchanScottish National PartySigned
Alan Simpson03/11/2005Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Pete Wishart03/11/2005Perth and North PerthshireScottish National PartySigned
Diane Abbott07/11/2005Hackney North and Stoke NewingtonLabourSigned
Mike Wood08/11/2005Batley and SpenLabourSigned
Mark Oaten09/11/2005WinchesterLiberal DemocratSigned
John Pugh10/11/2005SouthportLiberal DemocratSigned
Norman Lamb10/11/2005North NorfolkLiberal DemocratSigned
David Heyes16/11/2005Ashton-under-LyneLabourSigned
Andrew Stunell16/11/2005Hazel GroveLiberal DemocratSigned
Jo Swinson21/11/2005East DunbartonshireLiberal DemocratSigned
Bill Etherington22/11/2005Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Simon Hughes29/11/2005North Southwark and BermondseyLiberal DemocratSigned
John Barrett06/12/2005Edinburgh WestLiberal DemocratSigned
Roger Godsiff14/12/2005Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small HeathLabourSigned
Desmond Turner19/12/2005Brighton, KemptownLabourSigned
John Austin30/03/2006Erith and ThamesmeadLabourSigned
Hywel FrancisUnknownWithdrawn
Peter LawUnknownWithdrawn

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