HC Deb 25 October 1990 vol 178 cc303-4W
Mr. Win Griffiths

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer whether the Treasury co-operated with UNO in the preparation of a study on the impact of the United Nations sanctions against Iraq on other countries; and what is the assessment of the windfall gain for the United Kingdom in a year.

Mr. Maples

The United Kingdom, like most other countries, suffers overall rather than gains from higher oil prices. We have been prepared to commit very substantial resources, human and financial, to the international military effort in the Gulf region and to helping those countries most directly affected by the costs of making United Nations Sanctions against Iraq effective. The United Kingdom has played a very active part in the United Nations in dealing with Suddam Hussein's aggression. We were not consulted over the particular United Nations report to which the question refers and which appears to have been a purely internal United Nations document.