Strategic Defence Review

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — International Development – in the House of Commons at 1:39 pm on 25th March 1998.

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Photo of Clare Short Clare Short Secretary of State, Department for International Development 1:39 pm, 25th March 1998

My hon. Friend knows that we are doing all we can in that area. We are increasing our efforts to support land mine clearance and to strengthen the capacity of countries with many land mines to do their own clearance work so that we may speed up the process. My hon. Friend is correct: the post-cold-war world is different, and so is the challenge to our armed forces. As I said earlier, the risk of war is more prevalent in poor countries, the victims are increasingly civilians and there are more refugees than ever before. The room for more collaboration between the Ministry of Defence, my Department and the Foreign Office to try to prevent and resolve conflict is very great in the current historic circumstances.