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Burma

Volume 464: debated on Wednesday 17 October 2007

13. To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in Burma. (158529)

A third of Burma's population lives below the poverty line. Severe economic mismanagement has deprived Burma of the economic growth enjoyed by its south-east Asian neighbours, and investment in public services has been minimal. The brutal suppression of recent demonstrations against economic hardship has exacerbated humanitarian conditions. DFID is providing £1 million to meet urgent humanitarian needs in Burma, in addition to £8 million already planned for this year.