HC Deb 25 June 1997 vol 296 c558W
24. Mr. Clapham

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussion she has had with the heads of multilateral humanitarian agencies about current multilateral aid programmes. [3880]

Clare Short

I attended a Humanitarian Forum in Switzerland on 8—10 June hosted by the International Committee of the Red Cross, and had discussions with heads of humanitarian agencies. This included the difficulties of access to populations affected by armed conflicts, deliberate attacks on humanitarian workers and violations of international humanitarian law.

My Department is reviewing UK policy on humanitarian assistance as part of the overall process of reform in the UN system.

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