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Cluster Munitions (Prohibitions) Act 2010

Type of Bill:
Government Bill
Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Chris Bryant
Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Lords

  1. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Last event

Act of Parliament

House Act Date
Commons Cluster Munitions (Prohibitions) Act 2010 c.11 | PDF version, 133KB 25.03.2010

Latest news on the Cluster Munitions (Prohibitions) Act 2010

Following agreement by both Houses on the text of the Bill it received Royal Assent on 25 March. The Bill is now an Act of Parliament (law).

Summary of the Cluster Munitions (Prohibitions) Act 2010

The main purpose of the Bill is to create criminal offences in order to enforce the prohibitions set out in Article 1 of the Convention on Cluster Munitions. This bans the use, production, transfer, and stockpiling of cluster munitions on the grounds that they cause unacceptable harm to civilians, and establishes measures to minimise the harm to civilians in the aftermath of conflicts.

Ninety-four states signed and four states ratified the Convention on Cluster Munitions at a ceremony in Oslo on 3 December 2008. The UK was amongst the signatories, although it was a relatively late convert to the idea of a total ban. Once the Bill has passed into law, the UK will then move to ratify the Convention, which has now been ratified by 30 states, and will come into force on 1 August 2010. The Government has announced that it intends to destroy all cluster munition stockpiles by the end of 2013. The Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have given their full support to the Bill.

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