HC Deb 16 November 2001 vol 374 c934W
Angus Robertson

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what contact her Department has had with military planners at US Central Command in Tampa, Florida, to enhance humanitarian aid efforts in Afghanistan. [13987]

(2) if she has seconded officials from her Department to US Central Command in Tampa, Florida to liaise with US military planners on the humanitarian aid strategy for Afghanistan. [13986]

Clare Short

Good civil/military liaison is essential to the effectiveness of the humanitarian effort.

Civil/military specialists from my Department have been deployed to CENTCOM and to Islamabad to liaise with the coalition military and United Nations humanitarian staff.