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Small Arms

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — International Development – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 4th July 2001.

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Photo of Clare Short Clare Short Secretary of State, Department for International Development 2:30 pm, 4th July 2001

In the post-cold war world, conflict and the suffering arising from conflict are concentrated in the developing world. The widespread availability of small arms is feeding conflict and blocking development. The United Kingdom supports stronger international controls on the supply of such weapons and supports local programmes to destroy weapons and resolve and prevent conflict.

Next week, I will attend the United Nations special session designed to agree an international programme of action.