§ Lord Gallacher
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether they will support the appeal made by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for funds in support of the Prosecutor's 178WA 1998 programme of exhumations in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
§ Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean
Her Majesty's Government fully support the work of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Progress with the exhumations work is of great importance not only for the investigation and prosecution of suspected war criminals, but for the people of the region who have lost friends and relatives during the war. I am pleased to announce that the Government are making an immediate contribution of £1.22 million ($2 million) to the tribunal's trust fund so that the 1998 exhumations programme can begin on schedule on 1 April.