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Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

7. To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what humanitarian assistance the Government is providing to the people of Zimbabwe. (244091)

The humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe continues to get worse. Thousands have been hit by cholera and hundreds have died. Basic services have collapsed. The health services can only respond because of the help we and others are giving. Five million people need food aid, and more disease outbreaks could be on the way.

Mugabe has led his country to this humanitarian catastrophe and now denies it exists. We are doing everything we can to save lives, but fundamental change is now required to give power back to the Zimbabwean people and bring this crisis to an end.

11. To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what contingency plans he has to provide emergency relief for Zimbabwe. (244095)

Zimbabwe is facing a growing humanitarian crisis now compounded by a cholera epidemic. The Department for International Development will spend £47 million this year in humanitarian assistance to save the lives and livelihoods of the poorest, most vulnerable Zimbabweans. This assistance will provide immediate assistance for the cholera response, seeds and fertiliser, food aid, medicines, HIV/AIDS treatment and maternal and newborn services. UK support goes to UN agencies and non-governmental organisations.