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Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what reports he has received on the diversion of Kashmir earthquake relief funds to support armed Jihadi groups; and if he will make a statement. (110023)

DFID support for post-earthquake relief in Pakistan has been provided to UN agencies, the Red Crescent and reputable local and international NGOs, following assessments undertaken on the ground by DFID staff. Some of the support was provided in kind—for example, to transport relief items donated to charities by the British public, or for emergency shelter items like winterised tents, blankets and other non-food items from our stores.

The Government of Pakistan has, with UN assistance, established a database to help track official assistance provided by DFID and other donor countries supporting Pakistan's efforts to recover from this tragedy.

I have not received any reports of DFID funding for the victims of the South Asian Earthquake being diverted to support armed Jihadi groups.