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House of Lords written question – answered on 6th April 2011.

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Photo of Lord Chidgey Lord Chidgey Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what budgetary arrangements and resources, both human and materiel, have been allocated for humanitarian and stabilisation activities in Libya.

Photo of Baroness Verma Baroness Verma Lords Spokesperson (Home Office) (Equalities and Women's Issues), Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

The UN is co-ordinating humanitarian aid and leading the planning for building longer-term stability in Libya. Britain recognises that early preparation for the future is vital, and will continue to play its part. The situation is still unfolding. We stand ready to work with the UN and others to make an assessment of longer term stabilisation support needs in Libya, as conditions allow.

Currently the Department for International Development (DfID) has a rolling team of approximately 15 people working on the response to the Libyan crisis, including on humanitarian, international engagement and stabilisation issues. In addition DfID has six humanitarian advisers deployed to the field (two at the Tunisian border, two at the Egyptian border, one in Cairo and one in Ankara).

The tri-departmental Stabilisation Unit (consisting of staff from DfID, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Ministry of Defence) has a rolling team of approximately 10 people in London working on Libya issues. It has deployed five advisers to the region at different points over the past two months to support government efforts on Libya.

Details of DfID's material contributions in response to the Libya unrest (as of 4 April 2011) are detailed in the table below.

DfID Bilateral Contributions in Response to Libya Unrest
Activity Purpose Recipient Amount
To assist people within Libya
Support to ICRC Medical supplies to assist people within Libya ICRC £2m
Shelter Supplies Tents and blankets for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Libya To be distributed by the Libyan Red Crescent £0.765m
To assist people seeking to leave Libya
Shelter Supplies Shelter supplies for people at the Libyan borders IOM/UNHCR £0.84m
Repatriations Repatriation flights for people at the Libyan borders (35 flights to move 6,195 Egyptians and 521 Bangladeshis) and support to IOM operations IOM (including in kind contribution of flights) £3.1m
Support to IOM (repatriations) Funding for additional repatriation flights for approximately 6,000 people IOM/UNHCR £4m
Air Operation Advisers (including extension agreed April 2011) Advisers seconded to UNHCR UNHCR £0.175m
Total £10.88m
DFID Indirect Contributions
Activity Recipient Amount
EC 15% of €30m EC Funds Committed Various £3.87m
Total £3.87m
Grand Total £14.75m

In addition, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has contributed £500,000 to the United Nations Department for Political Affairs for activity to encourage a positive political and stabilisation process in Libya.

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