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Volume 454: debated on Tuesday 5 December 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support the UK is providing to people in Uganda affected by the activities of the Lord’s Resistance Army. (106945)

The UK is one of the largest providers of humanitarian aid to people in the areas of Uganda affected by the Lord’s Resistance Army. In 2005-06 we provided £20 million for humanitarian assistance. In 2006-07 we have already spent just over £9 million on humanitarian assistance and plan to disburse at least a further £9 million before the end of March. Funding has been channelled through the UN agencies, the Red Cross and Save the Children and has been used to provide emergency food aid, health care, water and sanitation, education and programmes to protect vulnerable children.

In addition to our humanitarian aid we have also supported efforts to bring the conflict to an end through the funding of activities to promote peace and reconciliation. In 2005-06 we provided just under £1 million of conflict prevention funding and this financial year we plan to spend approximately £1.3 million, including support we are providing to the current peace talks in Juba.