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Children: Chernobyl

Volume 489: debated on Tuesday 17 March 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with her Belarus counterpart on visits of children to the UK from Belarus. (263368)

The Belarusian authorities have suspended visits to the UK by children from Chernobyl contaminated areas on charitable programmes. Negotiations are being carried out at official level on a bilateral arrangement that will allow the visits to recommence. We hope to reach agreement so that visits can be planned for the summer holidays.