Sri Lanka

Part of Orders of the Day – in the House of Commons at 5:20 pm on 2nd May 2007.

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Photo of Steve Pound Steve Pound Labour, Ealing North 5:20 pm, 2nd May 2007

My hon. Friend speaks with the great authority of a constituency representative of many members of the Sri Lankan community. Like her, I have had visits from community representatives who have noted that Her Majesty's Government in fact withheld 50 per cent. of the aid agreed, because the final delivery mechanism could not be guaranteed. Does my hon. Friend agree with me and many representatives of the community that we should withhold the entire aid package until we can guarantee that it will reach the people for whom it is intended and not subsidise those who may be oppressing them?