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Islamic State: Chemical Weapons

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 823, tabled on 2 June 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure ISIL does not have access to chemical weapons.

Answered on

8 June 2015

The Chemical Weapons Convention bans the development, stockpiling and use of chemical weapons. We strongly support the Convention and its associated inspection regime and export controls.

We continue to play a leading role in the international effort to dismantle the Syrian chemical weapons programme. All Syria's declared chemical weapons and their precursors have been removed from Syria and have been put beyond use or securely destroyed. I was particularly pleased that the UK took the exceptional step, with international partners, to destroy 200 tonnes of the declared Syrian chemical stockpile. The destruction of the final stage of these chemicals was verified by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on 28 May.

We continue to work with international partners to defeat ISIL, whatever weapons they use.