To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much of the £100 million budget for landmine clearance is being spent on clearing landmines in Syria; and whether that budget also provides for the clearance of other devices such as improvised explosive devices.
DFID provides support to demining in Syria, including in areas liberated from Daesh. This activity includes survey, mine clearance and the provision of mine risk education to the local population. This forms part of the £100 million spent across DFID’s Global Mine Action Programme, which overall tackles the threat of landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) in developing countries. As set out in the UK’s policy document on mine action, ERW includes abandoned improvised explosive devices.