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Refugee Camps

Volume 130: debated on Wednesday 30 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how often during the past 10 years Her Majesty's Government have made formal representations to the Governments of (a) Jordan and (b) the Lebanon about conditions in the Palestinian refugee camps in those countries; and when was the last occasion in respect of each Government.

This information is not available in the form requested and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. We regularly discuss Palestinian refugee issues with the Jordanian and Lebanese Governments. In February 1987, my right hon. and learned Friend raised with President Gemayel conditions in the refugee camps in Lebanon.

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has on the infant mortality rate in the refugee camps in Gaza and the comparable rates in (a) Syria, (b) Iran, (c) Iraq, (d) the Yemen, (e) the Lebanon and (f) Jordan.

World Health Organisation figures for infant mortality per 1,000 live births in 1987 are as follows:

Number
Syria59
Iran113
Iraq80
Yemen1137
2135
Lebanon52
Jordan54
1 Peoples Democratic Republic of Yemen.
2 Yemen Arab Republic.
United Nations Relief and Works Agency's latest estimate is that the infant mortality rate in Palestinian refugee camps in all five areas of operation (Gaza, West Bank, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan) is between 30 and 40 per 1,000 live births.