Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 31st March 2003.

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Photo of David Taylor David Taylor Labour/Co-operative, North West Leicestershire 2:30 pm, 31st March 2003

British forces are largely deployed in southern Iraq, where UNICEF estimates that more than 1 million people lack access to safe water and therefore that already weak and malnourished children are particularly at risk. Will the Secretary of State assure the House that we will listen to the plight of the southern Shi'as, not act as we did in 1991, and move quickly to head off the looming humanitarian crisis?