To ask Her Majesty's Government what reports they have received about access to the internally displaced persons camps in northern Sri Lanka by international humanitarian agencies.
The latest assessment from our humanitarian adviser in Colombo is that international humanitarian agencies, including the United Nations (UN), International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and NGOs, continue to have improved access to the sites in Vavuniya. There is significant military presence in many of the zones, with cordon and search activities, and highly controlled movement between the sites. We continue to press the Government of Sri Lanka for full and unrestricted access for the UN, the ICRC and NGOs to enable them to provide humanitarian assistance to all internally displaced persons in Sri Lanka.
I refer the noble Lord to the Written Ministerial Statement made on