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Burma: Storms

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with (a) relevant UN agencies, (b) the European Commission, (c) non-governmental organisations and (d) other countries on co-ordinating the international emergency relief aid response to Burma following Cyclone Nargis; and if he will make a statement. (206360)

In addressing the crisis in Burma since Cyclone Nargis hit on 2 May, I have spoken to a number of international partners. These include: Sir John Holmes, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Co-ordinator; Louis Michel, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid; Henrietta Fore, USAID Administrator and Director of US Foreign Assistance; and Josette Sheran, Executive Director of the World Food Programme. I pressed for the extraordinary meeting of EU Development Ministers in Brussels on 13 May at which I spoke to a number of my EU counterparts. I have also spoken to the Burmese and Chinese Ambassadors to the UK. I held meetings with non-governmental organisation groupings on the crisis on 7 and 14 May.

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when his Department made the first request for aircraft to take UK Government aid to Burma following Cyclone Nargis; and if he will make a statement. (206362)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how many days after Cyclone Nargis it was before aircraft with UK Government aid to Burma first arrived in that country; and if he will make a statement; (206363)

(2) what UK Government emergency relief aid has been sent to Burma following Cyclone Nargis; and on what date each consignment arrived in Burma;

(3) how many aircraft have been chartered by the UK Government to transport emergency relief aid to Burma following Cyclone Nargis; what types of aircraft have been used; when each arrived in Burma; what cargo each carried; and who provided each aircraft.

The first planes carrying UK Government aid arrived in Rangoon on the 13 May and 15 May (11 and 13 days after Cyclone Nargis). Both flights were carrying plastic sheeting which was consigned to the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

Six flights have been chartered by the UK Government so far for emergency relief aid. Details are in the following table:

Date

Type of aircraft

Cargo

Status1

Aircraft provided by (Broker)

2008

13 May

IL76

8,000 sheets (consigned to WFP for use by the shelter cluster)

Landed in Rangoon 15 May 2008

Hanover Aviation

14 May

IL76

Plastic sheeting (consigned to WFP)

Scheduled to arrive 16 May at 1400 local time

Air Charter Service (ACS)

15 May

IL76

13,000 jerry cans and 5,000 plastic sheets

Due to arrive 16 May

Air Charter Service (ACS)

15 May

IL76

14 fully equipped boats

Due to arrive 16 May

Air Charter Service (ACS)

16 May2

IL76

8,000 plastic sheets

Hanover Aviation

1Subject to change. 2 Scheduled.