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Overseas Aid: Land Mines

Volume 489: debated on Tuesday 10 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many countries have outstanding land mine clearance projects; and how much the Government have allocated to assist such projects (a) directly and (b) indirectly in 2009-10. (261007)

Landmine Monitor estimate there are more than 70 states, as well as six areas not internationally recognised, that are mine affected as of August 2008. The UK Government have allocated around £10 million to directly assist land mine clearance programmes in at least 17 of these countries in 2009.

The UK also provides funding to a number of multilateral organisations that work on land mine clearance, these include UNDP and the European Commission. However, we are unable to provide a figure for the total of this indirect support.