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Disaster Relief

Volume 481: debated on Tuesday 21 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what criteria are used to assess the suitability of funding specific emergencies; and how much is set aside for this purpose in addition to the £58 million of core funding allocated to humanitarian organisations. (224136)

The Department for International Development (DFID) responds to humanitarian emergencies according to an assessment of objective criteria of need and the internationally accepted principles of impartiality and neutrality. For immediate rapid response DFID each year sets aside around £15 million which can then be supplemented with additional DFID funding in the event of a major disaster, such as recently for cyclone Nargis in Myanmar.