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Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the food situation in Nepal; and what further assistance the UK Government is considering. (97898)

DFID is monitoring the situation jointly with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and other international bodies.

DFID Nepal has allocated a total of £300,000 for support. Of this, £34,000 is currently being used by the World Food Programme (WFP) to buy and distribute emergency seed supplies to affected areas. £30,000 will be used to support a detailed food assessment by Government of Nepal and UN agencies in November. The remaining £236,000 will be spent on food aid in accordance with the recommendations of that food assessment and as agreed with OCHA.