Refugees

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th March 1988.

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Photo of Mr Richard Holt Mr Richard Holt , Langbaurgh 12:00 am, 14th March 1988

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what further relief aid for refugees is planned for the current financial year; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Chris Patten Mr Chris Patten , Bath

I have just agreed to provide £5 million, to be divided equally between the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the International Committee of the Red Cross, for their refugee programmes in Ethiopia, Sudan and Malawi.

That is in addition to the £1·25 million package of assistance I announced last month for these agencies' important programmes in Africa and Asia.

Photo of Mr Richard Holt Mr Richard Holt , Langbaurgh

Those additional funds in the current financial year will be very much welcomed. Will my hon.

Friend assure the House that the money is being properly spent and is in no way being misused by some of the people to whom it is sent?

Photo of Mr Chris Patten Mr Chris Patten , Bath

I can give my hon. Friend that important assurance. A sum of £2·5 million will be used by the International Committee of the Red Cross for work in Ethiopia. Another £300,000 will be used by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Ethiopia, and £700,000 in Sudan, and £1·5 million will go to help Mozambican refugees in Malawi.