§ 12. Mr. Simon Hughes
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what is the cost to his Department of the British contribution to the United Nations forces.
§ Mr. Kenneth Carlisle
The cost of United Kingdom support for United Nations forces is met by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office by payment to the Ministry of Defence for the assistance provided.
§ Mr. Hughes
Many people will welcome the announcement that British forces are to be replaced by United 162 Nations forces in Iraq. Does the Minister agree that the most effective use of British forces abroad is under the United Nations flag?
§ Mr. Carlisle
The hon. Gentleman makes a good point. We can all welcome the Prime Minister's brave initiative in northern Iraq. The sending of United Nations troops there is under discussion in the United Nations.