Mr. John D. Taylor
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance has been given to Turkey to alleviate the problem of Kurdish refugees from Iraq; what assistance has been given to the Kurds within Iraq; and if he will make a statement on the plight of the Kurdish people of Iraq.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
We have contributed £20 million in response to the United Nations and other international appeals for help to Iraqui refugees. This money is for use in Turkey, Iran and Iraq and other affected countries. We have also contributed three Hercules aircraft and nine Chinook helicopters to assist with the delivery of relief supplies. This is at a cost of some £1 million per week.
We remain concerned at the plight of the Iraqi refugees and determined to play our full part in meeting their needs.