§ 83. Mr. David Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on British aid for the Kurdish refugees in Turkey.
§ Mr. Chris Patten
Her Majesty's Government are sympathetic to the suffering and needs of Kurdish refugees in Turkey, especially as winter approaches. The Turkish Government have now authorised the Turkish Red Crescent Society, which has a proven record of organising emergency relief work, to act as coordinator and take a continuing role in the care of these refugees. I have agreed therefore to make a contribution of £250,000 to the Turkish Red Crescent to support this work.