Iraq: Food and Medical Supplies

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:51 pm on 12th May 2003.

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Photo of Baroness Amos Baroness Amos Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Secretary of State, Department for International Development, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), The Secretary of State for International Development 2:51 pm, 12th May 2003

My Lords, the right reverend Prelate is absolutely right. While the humanitarian crisis is not on the scale that was predicted—for example, in terms of the movements of internally displaced people—and there are food and medical supplies available, the security situation remains a matter of grave concern. The right reverend Prelate also referred to the high prices of petrol. That is why the reconstruction effort is so important and why the UN resolution that is under discussion in New York is so important. They will pave the way for the establishment of the interim Iraqi authority that will take over the administration.