WMD AND TERRORISM: CONCLUSIONS
190. The Ministry of Defence Document Defending
against the threat of Biological and Chemical Weapons, published
in July 1999, states that "the Home Office and the Foreign
and Commonwealth Office hold the responsibility for co-ordinating
the response to the terrorist threat to the UK itself and our
interests overseas respectively."
We recommend that the FCO set out clearly and fully in its
response to this Report its specific responsibilities for preventing
weapons of mass destruction attacks against the United Kingdom,
its citizens and its interests overseas.
191. Terrorist groups are unlikely to advertise their
attempts to possess or to develop weapons of mass destruction,
but information on their intentions may nonetheless be gathered
by good intelligence work. Government Communications Head Quarters
(GCHQ) and the Secret Intelligence Service are agencies for which
the FCO is responsible. We recommend that the FCO, through these
agencies, ensure that the highest priority is given to identification
and prevention of attack on the United Kingdom or on British interests
overseas by terrorists using weapons of mass destruction.