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requests on this matter, but we might consider helping conservation projects with clear community benefits. Of course, we support the convention on international trade in endangered species. We spent more than £600,000 on elephant conservation projects in Africa last year. The black and white rhino, as well as the elephant, are flourishing in South Africa, which is a tribute to the game management there. I will certainly draw what the hon. Gentleman has said to the attention of my right hon. Friend.

Somaliland --

43. Mr. Simon Coombs : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on aid to the Republic of Somaliland.

Mr. Goodlad : Since May 1991, Britain has committed £3.8 million-worth of bilateral humanitarian assistance to north-west Somalia.

Mr. Coombs : Will my right hon. Friend join me in paying tribute to organisations such as Action Aid, Oxfam and Save the Children which are doing such excellent aid work in a territory which, after all, was administered by Britain ? Can he tell the House what further help might be given to that territory, which is doing its best to re-establish efficient democratic government ?

Mr. Goodlad : I readily join my hon. Friend in his tribute to the work of the non-governmental organisations that he mentioned. We are keen to continue support for those organisations. Their assistance to date has helped to re-establish water supplies and human and animal health delivery services, and to support mines clearance work. The increased assistance depends on the existence of a secure environment in which to deliver effective aid. We hope to concentrate future British support for rehabilitation activities in north-west Somalia on police, primary health care and education, but concern remains about the security of people there in the light of recent events.


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