HC Deb 28 July 1989 vol 157 c1093W
Mr. Spearing

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations have been made by Her Majesty's Government to the World Bank concerning the conditions on which loans are made to the Government of Indonesia, or any other body in that country, for schemes that directly or indirectly involve land resettlement; and if he will make a statement concerning Her Majesty's Government's policy on this matter.

Mrs. Chalker

My officials are in touch with the World Bank about a multi-purpose dam and irrigation project in central Java where difficulties have arisen over the resettlement of people displaced by the reservoir. Our understanding is that the bank is working closely with the Government of Indonesia on the formulation of a comprehensive resettlement plan. We shall continue to monitor the situation. The bank has recently produced guidelines for planning resettlement which we consider should be the standard against which to assess future bank projects.

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