§ Dr. David Clark
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what factors he takes into account when assessing the effectiveness of enforcing the no-fly zone in southern Iraq.
§ Mr. Archie Hamilton
The no-fly zone in southern Iraq was established with the aim of monitoring Iraqi military activity and deterring repression of the civilian population, in support of UN SCR 688. We believe that the no-fly zone is making an important contribution to securing the safety of the civilian population in southern Iraq, although the zone alone cannot solve the problem.