DEFENCE – DEPLETED URANIUM – 9 January 2001

Dr Julian Lewis: Will the Minister [John Spellar] comment on the statement, which was reported yesterday, by Mr Haavisto, who is the head of the United Nations environment programme team on Kosovo, that he and his team had been surprised at radiation levels in Kosovo. The team had tested a sample of 11 sites out of the 112 that NATO had identified as having been attacked with depleted uranium rounds. It found significantly increased radiation at eight of them. We agree that our forces should not be military disadvantaged in any war – the problem is what health effects remain after the war is over.