Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:53 pm on 7th December 1999.

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Photo of Baroness Amos Baroness Amos Government Whip 2:53 pm, 7th December 1999

My Lords, the fact that the Government have agreed over £4 million in development assistance to Afghanistan this year--a figure which will increase to between £6 million and £8 million in the coming year--illustrates that they are taking the situation extremely seriously. We appreciate that there is a humanitarian crisis. However, there is also a serious security threat which we must understand and take seriously.