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Falkland Islands

Volume 456: debated on Wednesday 31 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much funding the UK has allocated to the clearance of anti-personnel mines in mined areas in the Falkland Islands between January 2007 and March 2009. (112442)

A jointly funded Argentine and British contract was let in November last year to conduct a survey of the Falkland Island minefields. This survey forms the main part of a joint feasibility study. The principal aims of the survey are to identify the options for anti-personnel mine clearance, what environmental impact clearance may have, and to set out the broad costs involved. Until the results of the survey are known, and the feasibility study is completed later this year, no decisions on funding allocation will be made.