HL Deb 21 March 2002 vol 632 cc163-4WA
Lord Howell of Guildford

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What assistance and financial funding they are currently providing, or intend to provide, to the appropriate authorities in Yugoslavia for the resettlement and assimilation of 450,000 refugees from Croatia and Bosnia, and 190,000 Serbs from Kosovo, who have fled from their original homes and wish to stay in their new locations in Yugoslavia. [HL3309]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Amos)

The UK assists through its 19.6 per cent share of EC programmes. Between 1999 and 2001, this share of support from the EU Humanitarian Aid Office (ECHO) allocated to Serbia, including for refugees from Kosovo, was 173 million.

ECHO has circulated a strategy to support refugees and internally displaced persons in the Republic of Serbia, with an 18-month programme costed at 35.9 million. The strategy is to be discussed with EU member states on 21 March.