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Unexploded Ordnance

Volume 461: debated on Monday 18 June 2007

10. To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the steps taken to remove land mines and explosive remnants of war. (142918)

The UK has been actively engaged in removing landmines and explosive remnants of war worldwide. This has had a real impact in reducing civilian casualties. The UK is contributing funds towards humanitarian de-mining programmes and initiatives to train de-mining personnel in Kenya and Kosovo and has built an explosive destruction facility in Bosnia. In addition since 2001, the Department for International Development has contracted at least £10 million per year on mine action. In April 2007, DFID announced a further £30 million to mine action over the next three years.