§ Sir Alastair Goodlad
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what financial support her Department will give to the UN Secretary General's Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict; and in which countries it will work with him. 
§ Mr. Foulkes
We provided £200,000 in January 1998 to enable the UN Secretary General's Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict to begin his important work of co-ordinating international action to ensure the protection, healing and rehabilitation of war affected children. We will host a ministerial meeting in London on 23 June to give exposure to Mr. Otunnu's work programme and priorities to our European partners and NGOs. We will also explore opportunities for working together in countries which are particularly affected by children serving as soldiers, such as Sierra Leone and Liberia.