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Pakistan (Afghan Refugees)

Volume 21: debated on Wednesday 31 March 1982

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asked the Lord Privy Seal what further assistance Her Majesty's Government has provided for Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

I have just approved a further contribution of £1 million towards the cost of relief work for Afghan refugees in Pakistan. This is in addition to £2 million assistance announced by the Prime Minister during her visit to Pakistan in October last and £750,000 of food aid for the refugees promised to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in January. It brings the total value of our cash and food aid since the refugee crisis started in January 1980 to approximately £9·7 million. This includes about £4·32 million as our share of cash and food aid given by the European Community.