Iraq (Humanitarian Contingency Plan)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:14 pm on 30th January 2003.

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Photo of Dr Jenny Tonge Dr Jenny Tonge Liberal Democrat, Richmond Park 3:14 pm, 30th January 2003

I entirely agree with the hon. Lady, but I suspect that we are drifting away from the humanitarian situation in Iraq. It is useful to reflect on what happened in Afghanistan. I was about to report similar failures in the Balkans. The aid pledged for that region is dwindling year after year. The middle east is a running sore and getting worse. In Kashmir, where I have just been for a few days, there is terrible suffering among people caught up in an impasse between nuclear powers. I have not even mentioned Africa, to which the hon. Member for Meriden referred. The world is forced to look at Iraq because America says so, but there are far greater problems.