HC Deb 15 June 1999 vol 333 cc71-2W
Dr. Tonge

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what preparations her Department has made for winter accommodation for Kosovar refugees; and what discussions it has held with the refugees on this matter. [86193]

Clare Short

We have urged the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, as the lead humanitarian agency in the region, to co-ordinate the development of a comprehensive approach for Kosovars during the winter. The strategy for shelter provision will include a combination of methods—hard shelter, winterised tents and repair and rehabilitation of existing structures.

In a number of well-established camps and collective centres, elected refugee representatives are feeding information to camp managers, and in turn to agencies, international organisations and donors, about the problems and needs of the refugee population. Planning for winter is among the topics of discussion between these parties.