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Sunday, 8 December, 2002, 12:59 GMT
War "could be avoided" says UN inspector
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Sunday 1st December 2002

On this week's programme, Sir David asked one of the key UN weapons inspectors how they were progressing with their task of revealing the extent of biological, chemical and nuclear warfare in Iraq. Dr El Baradei, who is head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, has responsibility for overseeing nuclear weapons. He told Sir David they had made a "good start" but are still "far from reaching a conclusion." Looking ahead to next Sunday's deadline for Saddam Hussein to tell the UN whether or not they do have weapons of mass destruction hidden away, he said he believed war "could be avoided" if the Iraqis "come clean."

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Stelios Haji-Ioannu, who last week stepped down as chairman of Easyjet, talked to Sir David about government plans to put armed sky marshals on passenger flights to lower the risk of hijacking. He expressed scepticism for this idea on the grounds that marshals could be "over-powered" by potential terrorists, possibly leading the guns to fall into the wrong hands.

Stelios Haji-Ioannou

Staying on the subject of world-wide security threats, Sir David was also joined by Jane Corbin -who has studied and reported extensively on Al Quaeda - and Lord Carlile who has been asked by the Home Secretary to report on Britain's preparations to respond to terrorist attacks. Sir David was also joined in the studio by the Shadow Deputy Prime Minister David Davis. He criticised the government's handling of the firemen's strike, accusing them of causing "enormous confusion". He said that, because of the way the discussions were going, the strike would continue into the foreseeable future.

Jane Corbin, Lord Carlile and David Davis MP

Julia Morley, head of the Miss World Organisation, joined Sir David for a discussion about the beauty pageant which is due to take place in London next weekend. The event this year has been surrounded by controversy as the venue suddenly had to be changed from Nigeria to London as extreme opposition to the event in Nigeria led to rioting and the deaths of over 200 people.

Julia Morley

Beverley Malone, head of the Royal College of Nursing, talked to Sir David Frost about this week's announcement by the Department of Health to offer more than a million health workers a 10% pay rise. She said it was very "good news" that they have a proposal, but also that it will be could still be some time before any proposal is accepted.

Beverley Malone

The former Labour spin doctor Charlie Whelan and broadcaster Carol Thatcher joined Sir David for his review of the Sunday newspapers.

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