MP Quizzes Clare Short on Humanitarian Planning for Iraq
Colman, the MP for Putney, today asked the Secretary of State
for International Development what planning was underway to
prepare for the humanitarian consequences of a possible war
specially called investigation allowed members of the International
Development Select Committee to ask Clare Short and her officials
how prepared the UK, the UN agencies, and the international
community in general are to deal with a possible humanitarian
crisis in Iraq.
questions regarding possible refugee movements and food distribution
in a conflict situation Tony Colman asked the Secretary of
State whether her department's assessment of essential infrastructure
such as hospitals, electricity and sewerage systems had been
brought to the attention of the Ministry of Defence as it
looks at possible military targets.
Short assured the committee that representations were being
made to the MOD in order to assist them avoid civilian targets
and minimize the humanitarian impact of any military action.
She added that these representations were being listened to
and taken on board by the British Military.
Select Committee investigation took evidence from the Secretary
of State and NGOs in the region in order to ensure planning
for the worst case scenario is taking place.
have been calling for an investigation into humanitarian scenarios
for Iraq for some time. We have to plan for all scenarios
and it is clear that the Department for International development
and the UN agencies are now doing so."
Short said she welcomed the opportunity to make public that
planning to assist the civilian victims of any military action
is underway. She also emphasised that a third UN resolution
specifically on interim governance and humanitarian assistance
for the people of Iraq would assist coordination of humanitarian
operations whether a second resolution was passed or not.
this and any other issues I am always keen to hear the views
of Putney constituents. Please feel free to contact me via
or by writing to me at the House of Commons.
transport, Richmond Park, education & the local charity
in SW15 .....................20.12.02
finance, local hospitals and local events all in this weeks
eventful fortnight in Putney
Welcomes Queen's Speech
at Westminster from the
Limbless Association (based in Putney) and the tour he gave
to children from Linden Lodge School, plans to talk to the
RPA and his stance on top up fees for students..... 01.11.02
Garden Centre site & Richmond Park are yet again centre
to the CCTV centre and his
concerns on crime 01.07.02
small step in dragging politics in the UK in to the technological
and London Housing Federation are under the MP's
for Putney announces 11 achievement
awards to local primary schools
for Putney commends the work of four local community
issues are top on Mr Colman's constituients' agenda
Coman explains his motion to support UNIFEM in the fight
against International Sex Trade.
response to Terminal 5 go ahead
Blasts Terminal 5 Decision
Post Office Under Threat
Government in Putney
Putneysw15.com Diary Entry 8.11.2001
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