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Volume 450: debated on Wednesday 25 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance has been promised to the Lebanese Government for post-conflict rebuilding; and what percentage of this aid (a) has been and (b) is planned to be sent to the Lebanese Government. (95936)

The Government have allocated £22.3 million (around US $40 million) for humanitarian relief in Lebanon, including the UK’s share of the European Union’s humanitarian spending and the US $5 million drawn from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund. Working through international partners and non-governmental organisations, the Department for International Development (DFID) has contributed to providing medicines and other emergency supplies; providing water and sanitation; munitions clearance and funding for temporary bridges to allow humanitarian access. Fortunately the humanitarian crisis in Lebanon is now subsiding.

Including this UK contribution, the Government of Lebanon have received formal pledges of $940 million (around £500 million) for humanitarian and recovery activities. The Government of Lebanon will assess its unmet needs in advance of a donor conference in January 2007. DFID has not made further pledges for post-conflict rebuilding.