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Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Minister of State, Department for International Development what suport the Department is providing to the inhabitants of Montserrat following the recent volcanic eruption; and what plans the Department has for future support. [126744]

We have set aside up to £1.5 million for immediate emergency relief purposes. This includes work to clear up the ashfall and to repair damaged infrastructure. We will continue to assist and, in consultation with the Montserratian authorities, to keep the situation under close review. Support totalling £45.6 million is already available for Montserrat over the three-year financial year period 2003–04 to 2005–06.