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Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 24 September 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance her Department is currently giving for disaster relief in Somalia. [17450]

I refer the right hon. Member to the answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Sutherland, South (Mr. Mullin) on 19 November 1997, Official Report, column 178. Since then, I have provided a further £0.5 million bilaterally to help—$0.25 million for UNICEF, which is co-ordinating the logistical operation and £0.25 million for the International Committee of the Red Cross.