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Volume 300: debated on Wednesday 12 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance her Department is providing to the children of Belarus suffering from the after-effects of the Chernobyl disaster; and if she will make a statement. [15087]

The UK's Environmental Know How Fund has previously assisted post-Chernobyl programmes, including food screening for radioactive contamination. We are not presently providing direct assistance to Chernobyl victims in Belarus. We contribute through the EU and to international organisations such as the World Health Organisation who are supporting Chernobyl victims.