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Australia: Floods

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of Penny Mordaunt Penny Mordaunt Conservative, Portsmouth North

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he has taken to assist the Australian Government in their response to the flooding in Queensland; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Jeremy Browne Jeremy Browne The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister spoke to Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on 12 January 2011 and offered UK assistance should it be required.

My right hon. Friends the Foreign Secretary and Defence Secretary met their Australian counterparts in Sydney on 18 January 2011. They agreed that the UK will provide experts in flood recovery management and in advanced flood forecasting methods.

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary visited one site of the flooding in Brisbane with his Australian counterpart on 19 January 2011. He praised the Australian authorities' response and emphasised that the UK is keen to do what it can both to help manage the effects of the floods and to help with future planning.

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