International Development written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Norman Baker Norman Baker Shadow Secretary of State for Transport

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps he is taking to provide humanitarian assistance to the Tibetan population in occupied Tibet.

Photo of Shahid Malik Shahid Malik Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for International Development

The Department for International Development (DFID) does not plan to provide humanitarian assistance in the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. Together with our colleagues at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, we are keeping the situation under review, but there does not at this time, appear to be any reason for us to provide such assistance. We continue to provide £500,000 per year to support Save the Children's work in Tibet. This is continuing to run smoothly despite the recent unrest. The work is not considered politically sensitive either by the Chinese authorities or by the Tibetan population, and is welcomed by both.

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