Part of Oral Answers to Questions — International Development – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 26th February 2003.

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Photo of Sally Keeble Sally Keeble Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development 11:30 am, 26th February 2003

I remind the hon. Gentleman that, in addition to any scenario that has been predicted, there are a substantial number of internally displaced persons—between 1 million and 2 million—now in Iraq as a result of the appalling regime there. I do not want to speculate on the outcome of any action, but our Department, as my right hon. Friend has said, is putting every possible effort into strengthening the UN role and response to deal with any humanitarian crisis afterwards.