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Burma: Storms

Volume 475: debated on Friday 16 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many times he has met the Foreign Secretary to discuss the Government’s emergency relief aid response to Burma following Cyclone Nargis; and if he will make a statement. (206333)

The Foreign Secretary and I are in regular contact to discuss the crisis in Burma following Cyclone Nargis.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development which sections within his Department are responsible for co-ordinating the Government’s emergency relief aid response to Burma following Cyclone Nargis; and if he will make a statement. (206334)

The Department for International Development’s (DFID) Conflict, Humanitarian and Security Department is responsible for co-ordinating the UK’s emergency relief response to Burma following Cyclone Nargis.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what information his Department holds on the countries and organisations that supplied one aircraft or more carrying emergency relief aid to Burma in the first 10 days following Cyclone Nargis; and if he will make a statement. (206348)

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is co-ordinating air relief efforts. According to WFP, as of 12 May, 35 flights carrying emergency relief had arrived in Burma since the cyclone hit. Since then the rate of arrival has been increasing: there were 23 flights scheduled for 14 May. The Department for International Development (DFID) does not hold full information on the countries and organisations which supplied these aircraft.