The Sahel

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — International Development – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 23rd May 2012.

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Photo of Stephen O'Brien Stephen O'Brien The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development 11:30 am, 23rd May 2012

I can give the hon. Gentleman an absolute assurance that we are sparing no effort whatever in seeking to persuade all the various parties and stakeholders who can provide assistance to meet the emerging humanitarian crisis. The amount that the UK people have already provided through our humanitarian support has staved off some of the worst, but the trouble is that the crisis continues to escalate.

The question of attendance at the various meetings is being decided, but I can tell the hon. Gentleman that we will ensure that we are well represented.