[Mr. Eric Illsley in the Chair] — Peacebuilding and Post-Conflict Reconstruction

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 12:00 am on 22nd March 2007.

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[Relevant documents: Sixth Report from the International Development Committee, Session 2005-06, HC 923, and the Government response thereto, First Special Report, Session 2006-07, HC 172.]

Motion made, and Question proposed, That the sitting be now adjourned—[Liz Blackman.]

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Nick Heap
Posted on 23 Mar 2007 2:34 pm (Report this annotation)

I would like to support wholeheartedly all the effort that the Government and others are expending to build peace actively around the world. This is clearly morally right and much efficient than trying to resolve conflicts after they have happened.

I would love to see a full debate about alternatives to defence spending on arms. What would happen if we diverted more of our spending on arms to active peace building? Would we be seen as constructive and caring and would that reduce the threats to us directly, as well as being a positive thing and helpful thing to do? What would active peace building look like?