International Development written question – answered on 11th February 2004.

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Photo of John Bercow John Bercow Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what recent assessment he has made of the extent of the clearing of landmines in Afghanistan in each of the last two years; and what the contribution of the United Kingdom has been.

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:

2001 2002
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.

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