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Asian Tsunami: Relief

Volume 684: debated on Tuesday 25 July 2006

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

Whether any of the money promised by the Government to match public contributions to tsunami relief has been spent in tsunami-affected countries; if so, which countries; and how much has been spent in each country; and [HL7125]

Further to the reply by the Lord President on 17 July (Official Report, col. 994), where the money promised by the Government to match public contributions to tsunami relief has been spent. [HL7124]

The UK pledged £75 million for the immediate humanitarian relief effort following the tsunami.

The breakdown of commitment and spend to date by country is set out in the table below. Most of DfID’s support to the United Nations was for regional activities, allowing the United Nations to channel the funds to where they were most needed. The regional commitment includes up to £7.5 million for disaster risk reduction (DRR) activities.

£ (millions)

Regionally (inc DRR)

Sri Lanka

India

Indonesia

Somalia

Maldives

Committed

£50.6 million

£4.8 million

£2.77 million

£16.47 million

£0.5 million

£1 million

Spent

£40.4 million

£4.5 million

£2.6 million

£16.47 million

£0.5 million

£1million

DfID allocated £65 million to meet reconstruction needs in the tsunami-affected countries. From this allocation, £35.1 million has been committed to the multi-donor trust fund in Indonesia, of which £6 million has so far been paid out. A further £5 million has been committed for technical assistance in Indonesia to help ensure timely, accountable and equitable provision of reconstruction assistance and rebuilding of livelihoods.

Moreover, £10 million has been provided to the UN development programme to support its programme of reconstruction and restoring livelihoods, half of which has been spent, and £6 million has been allocated to strengthening governance, promoting growth and improving service delivery in some of the poorest districts of Aceh. And £3 million has been allocated to the Decentralisation Support Facility for local governance initiatives, plus a further £1 million for financial management and procurement activities in support of the Government’s tendering processes.

A total of £2 million has been committed to Sri Lanka to help speed up implementation of reconstruction programmes and to ensure equitable distribution of assistance, and £1.5 million of this has been allocated to the North East Provincial Council to increase its capacity to deliver services to affected communities. A total of £3 million has been committed to India to provide technical assistance aimed at ensuring effective, transparent and equitable programming of tsunami reconstruction efforts. The use of the balance will depend on evidence of where this funding can be most appropriately used.