HC Deb 14 June 2000 vol 351 c647W
Mr. Dalyell

To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his letter of 2 June, what ways of funding the Serbian health system the Government have identified in the last 12 months and are considering for the next 12 months; and if he will give details of the initiative to which he refers to facilitate the return of Serb communities which have fled Kosovo. [125604]

The Prime Minister

[holding answer 12 June 2000]We have contributed £2.5 million each to the Balkans appeals of the ICRC and UNICEF. There are no specific allocations to Serbia, but UNICEF plans support to mother and child health services for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and refugees. ICRC programmes include provision of essential medicines to IDPs, refugees and the socially vulnerable in Serbia. In addition, ECHO plans support to primary health care services in remote locations, including to IDPs and refugees.

We have provided £120,000 for roads and community schemes managed by British and Swedish troops of Multi National Brigade (Central) to encourage Serbs to return to villages in the Sliovo area, and Albanians to return from Pristina to their villages in the region.