HC Deb 05 November 1993 vol 231 cc602-3W
Mr. Don Foster

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what plans he has to increase Her Majesty's Government's contribution to UN appeals in(a) former Yugoslavia, (b) Armenia, (c) Azerbaijan and (d) Georgia;

(2) what contribution Her Majesty's Government is making to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' winter relief programme in former Yugoslavia.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

We continuously monitor the humanitarian requirements of these and other areas of great need. We have no immediate plans to contribute further to the UN appeals listed, but we have thus far provided humanitarian aid for Armenia totalling £270,000; for Azerbaijan £1,270,000 and for Georgia £700,000.

For the former Yugoslavia where we are the second biggest contributor to UNHCR' s programme, our financial commitments now total £152.5 million. This includes our share of a new EC pledge of 89 million ecu—£68 million —announced last week.

Mr. Cox

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what discussion he has had with the Ugandan Government as to the preparation of the electoral registers for the forthcoming general election in Uganda; and if he will make a statement;

(2) what discussion he will have with the Ugandan Government as to the allocation and supervision of polling stations to be used in the forthcoming Ugandan parliamentary elections.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Along with other donors, we have regular discussions with the Ugandan authorities on the preparations being made for the forthcoming constituent assembly elections. Electoral experts from the United Nations Development Programme have been providing the Ugandans with advice on the preparations for the elections.

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