The United States, the Soviet Union and Britain were among at least fifty countries which on Monday (10 April) signed an international convention to ban biological weapons.
SCU Sir Alec Douglas-Home signing document.
GV Sir Alec with USA and USSR envoys as they sign.
CU Signs "Porton Establishments Only" and "Danger Keep Out" and "Prohibited Place"
GV & CU Laboratory staff work on samples (4 shots)
SV Sign on door "No Entry - Toxic"
GV & CU Television monitor with lab. staff working in danger area.
SIR ALEC DOUGLAS-HOME SIGNING WITH SOCIETY AMBASSADOR, MR. MIKHAIL SMIRNOVSKY AND UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR, MR. WALTER ANNENBERG. VARIOUS VIEWS OF WORK IN PROGRESS AT LABORATORY WHERE GERM WARFARE RESEARCH HAS BEEN CARRIED OUT IN ENGLAND.
Initials VS/23.41 VS/22.55
TELERECORDING part original on 4476/72 30ft (signing only)
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Background: The United States, the Soviet Union and Britain were among at least fifty countries which on Monday (10 April) signed an international convention to ban biological weapons.
The London signing was undertaken by Britain's Foreign Secretary, Sir Alec Douglas Home and the ambassadors of the Soviet Union and the United States.
The convention does not prevent the production of chemical weapons - but Sir Alec says it commits signatories to continues to work for the abolition of chemical warfare.
The convention comes into force when it has been ratified by 22 governments, including Britain, the United States, and the Soviet Union.
SYNOPSIS: London on Monday and the British Foreign Secretary puts his signature to the convention banning the use of biological weapons. Sir Alec Douglas-Home was joined in the ceremony by the London ambassadors from the Soviet Union and the United States. Simultaneously, in at least another fifty countries, other governments were aligning the agreement.
A scientific establishment in Wiltshire has been the centre of Britain's germ research. It's not unlike biological warfare laboratories in other parts of the world - and the government has always claimed that research here was purely defensive and involved the production of vaccines, protective clothing and gas masks.
However, the research necessarily involved the production of test quantities of dangerous germs. Television monitor screens watch research workers as they product various organisms - such as those that cause plague.
The convention signed throughout the world to Monday will outlaw this kind of activity.