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Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 9 September 2009

Sri Lanka: International Assistance

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent representations he has made to the International Monetary Fund on the proposed emergency loan package to the Sri Lankan government; and if he will make a statement.

[Official Report, 21 July 2009, Vol. 496, c. 1259-60W.]

Letter of correction from Stephen Timms:

An error has been identified in the written answer given to the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam (Mr. Burstow) on 21 July 2009. The full answer given was as follows: (288634)

I have been asked to reply.

The Government are deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka and are also committed to helping Sri Lanka avoid an economic crisis that would impact most on Sri Lanka’s poor.

The Chancellor is in close contact with the IMF and with ministerial colleagues, especially the Foreign Secretary and the Secretary of State for International Development.

The International Monetary Fund has not yet presented a programme for Sri Lanka. Once a programme is presented, it will be assessed on its merits and the situation on the ground in Sri Lanka at the time.

The correct answer should have been:

I have been asked to reply.

The Government are deeply concerned about the humanitarian situation in Sri Lanka and are also committed to helping Sri Lanka avoid an economic crisis that would impact most on Sri Lanka's poor.

The Chancellor is in close contact with the IMF and with ministerial colleagues, especially the Foreign Secretary and the Secretary of State for International Development.

The IMF has presented a programme for Sri Lanka to be considered by the IMF board. The Chancellor is assessing the programme