HC Deb 30 April 1991 vol 190 cc161-2
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 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.

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