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Bangladesh: Overseas Aid

Volume 495: debated on Wednesday 1 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assessment he has made of the implications for his Department's aid programmes for agriculture and development in Bangladesh of the Tipaimukh Dam construction project; and if he will make a statement. (282798)

The Department for International Development (DFID) has not carried out an assessment of the impacts of the Tipaimukh hydro-electric dam on our aid to agriculture and development in Bangladesh. It is an issue for the Governments of India and Bangladesh. DFID is supporting, with the World Bank, the South Asia Water Initiative which enables a process of dialogue among south Asian countries on common rivers and dispute resolution.