2. SOUNDBITE: (English) Tony Blair, British Prime Minister
"This is what they are telling me, the British Prime Minister, and my senior colleagues. The intelligence picture they paint is one accumulated over the last four years, it is extensive detailed and authoritative. It concludes that Iraq has chemical and biological weapons, that Saddam has continued to produce them, that he has existing and active military plans for the use of chemical and biological weapons which could be activated within 45 minutes including against his own Shia population and that he is actively trying to acquire nuclear weapons capability. On chemicals weapons the dossier shows that Iraq continues to produce chemical agent for chemical weapons, has rebuilt previously destroyed production plants across Iraq has bought dual use chemical facilities, has retained the key personnel formerly engaged in the chemical weapons programme and has a serious ongoing research programme into weapons production, all of it well funded "
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Tony Blair, British Prime Minister
"Occasionally debate on this issue seems to treat it almost as if it had suddenly arisen, coming out of nowhere on a whim in the last few months of 2002. It is actually an eleven year history, a history of UN will flouted, lies told by Saddam about the existence of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons programme, obstruction defiance and denial. There is one common consistent theme however: the total determination of Saddam to maintain that programme, to risk war, international ostracism, sanctions, the isolation of the Iraqi economy, in order to keep it. At any time he could have let the inspectors back in and put the world to proof. At any time he could have cooperated with the United Nations. Ten days ago he made the offer unconditionally under threat of war. He could have done it at any time in the last eleven years but he didn't. Why?"
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Tony Blair, British Prime Minister
"'Why now?', people ask. And I agree. I cannot say that this month or next, or even next year, or next, he will use his weapons, but I can say that if the international community having made the call for disarmament now at this moment at the point of decision shrugs its shoulders and walks away he will draw the conclusion that dictators faced with a weakening will always draw, that the international community will talks but not act, will use diplomacy but not force and we know again from our history that diplomacy not backed by the threat of force has never worked with dictators and never will."
8. SOUNDBITE: (English) Tony Blair, British Prime Minister
"No one wants military conflict. The whole purpose of putting this before the United Nations is to demonstrate the united determination of the international community to resolve this in the way it should have been resolved years ago, through a proper process of disarmament under the UN. Disarmament of all weapons of mass destruction is the demand. One way or another it must be acceded to. "
10. SOUNDBITE: (English) Iain Duncan Smith, Leader of the Opposition
"History is littered with the desire of decent people to give the likes of Saddam Hussein a second chance, but he has had ten years of second chances. Now surely is the time to act, this matter is in Saddam Hussein's hands now. "
British Prime Minister Tony Blair, addressed the House of Commons on Tuesday on the details of a dossier of evidence on the military capabilities of Saddam Hussein.
The document, released hours before Parliament convened in a special session to debate possible military action
against Iraq, argues that Saddam continues to develop chemical and biological weapons.
It also claims the Iraqi leader is trying to acquire nuclear weapons and has extended the range of its ballistic missiles.
Tony Blair told members of Parliament that Saddam has "active military plans for the use of chemical and biological weapons which could be activated within 45 minutes."
The dossier provided a highly detailed history of Iraq's weapons programme and an assessment of its current
capabilities based on British and allied intelligence.
However, there appeared to be little new information in the report. Analysts have been warning for years that Saddam has continued to develop chemical and biological weapons and has also tried to develop nuclear weapons, although with little sign of success.
The UK Parliament had been recalled from its summer recess to debate the issue of Iraq and its arsenal.
Blair is U.S. President George W. Bush's closest European ally, but faces dissent among lawmakers in his governing
Labour Party and a reported rift in his Cabinet over an Iraqi war.