§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the political, diplomatic, financial and commercial commitments that have been given on behalf of Her Majesty's Government to the Governments of other states in the course of assembling and strengthening the international coalition to combat terrorism.
§ The Prime Minister
[holding answer 29 October 2001]: The international coalition to combat terrorism has come together out of a shared recognition that only a global response can succeed. Governments across the world have willingly taken on commitments, for example of military help, or the obligation to tackle terrorism imposed by the UN Security Council Resolution 1373, because all have recognised the essential nature of the task.
Of course, the act of building the coalition has strengthened our relationship with several countries. But the British Government have not offered financial or commercial commitments to states explicitly to reward adherence to the international coalition. That coalition has been built because its members recognise the need for a determined and united response by the international community.