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White Phosphorus

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL6923, tabled on 14 March 2022

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to designate phosphorous as a banned weapon under the Chemical Weapons Convention; and what progress they have made in achieving such a designation.

Answered on

28 March 2022

White phosphorus is not a chemical weapon. The UK Government continues to condemn the indiscriminate or disproportionate use of any weapon, including incendiary weapons or those that have an incendiary effect, in contravention of international humanitarian law.