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Sudan: Overseas Aid

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the likely humanitarian effect of changes announced on 10 June 2008 to the World Food Programme Humanitarian Service in Sudan. (211546)

Our initial assessment is that the flight changes announced by the World Food Programme’s Humanitarian Air Service will not adversely affect the front-line work of the humanitarian operation in Darfur. The reductions in the helicopter service still represent an increase from 2007. Other flight changes affect connections between the capital Khartoum and the South. Although these will not have a significant impact on humanitarian operations, they will affect the frequency with which aid workers can travel to regional hubs.