We have received a number of representations and share the deep concern felt by many in this country about the fate of children who have been orphaned in the tragic conflict in Bosnia.
Will my hon. Friend bear in mind the concerns of British couples who are prepared to adopt orphans abandoned by mothers who have been raped by Serbian soldiers? Will he confirm that up to 20,000 women were so violated?
I cannot confirm the figures that my hon. Friend cites, but I can say that my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Health has taken a close interest in this particular tragic matter and has made it clear that, in appropriate cases, his Department will help with the adoption of children who have been conceived as a result of rape.