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Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 19 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will give details of the training and equipment assistance provided to the Chinese police; how much has been spent on it so far; and what future cost commitments there are. [16042]

DFID assistance is limited to a £1 million contribution, approved in September 1996, to a United Nations project (managed by the UN Drug Control Programme) in Yunnan Province. The purpose of the project is to strengthen the drugs law enforcement capability of customs and police officials. Activities include training, development of guidelines for prosecution of traffickers and provision of vehicles and communications equipment to assist drug control operations in the mountainous border region between Yunnan and Burma.