Mr. Gareth Thomas:
According to figures produced by Landmine Monitor and the United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS), clearance of landmines and associated activities in Afghanistan in 2001 and 2002, the last years for which reports are available, have been as follows:
|Minefield clearance (sq km)||15.6||19.0|
|Battle area clearance (sq km)||81.2||92.6|
|Minefield survey (sq km)||14.7||25.2|
|Battle area survey (sq km)||80.8||92.5|
|Mine awareness training (people)||730,000||2,448,151|
DFID has provided the following sums for mine action in Afghanistan: £3 million in 2001–02 and £1.8 million in 2002–03.
We are currently considering further support for UNMAS in Afghanistan.