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Pollution, Russia

Volume 202: debated on Thursday 23 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make it his policy to provide assistance to the Russian Federation to reduce the problems of social dislocation and pollution arising from the 10 previously unknown Russian cities, including Arzamas-16 and Tomsk-7; and if he will make a statement.

In Russia our bilateral assistance through the know-how fund is concentrated in four priority sectors—banking and finance, energy, food distribution and employment services. We are already implementing several pilot projects in Moscow and St. Petersburg, designed to address the social consequences of the transformation to a market economy. Assistance through the European Community and through the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is of growing importance. We will continue to consider the most effective ways of providing assistance through the various channels.