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Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 19 November 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance she has offered to Vietnam following the recent hurricane; and if she will make a statement.[16126]

We offered a grant of £50,000 on 8 November through the British Embassy, Hanoi for the provision of immediate relief items. Most of this is being distributed by Oxfam to beneficiaries in the severely affected provinces of Tra vinh and Ca Mau. We are continuing to review the relief effort.