Disaster and Emergencies Preparedness Programme - Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 2:45 pm on 18th December 2017.

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Photo of Lord Bates Lord Bates The Minister of State, Department for International Development 2:45 pm, 18th December 2017

The noble Baroness is right: UNICEF and the World Food Programme have identified that every £1 spent in preparedness can save £2 in humanitarian assistance. It is absolutely right that we are spending approximately £175 million this year on resilience and prevention programmes. We looked at the specific DEPP programme she mentions. It was very complex in how it delivered. The overheads were quite high at about 25%. We have said that we would like to take a good look at it again to see whether we can deliver a more effective programme, but our commitment to preparedness and humanitarian intervention remains absolutely the same.