International Development written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Bill Esterson Bill Esterson Labour, Sefton Central

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what support his Department plans to provide to the charity Hand in Hands for Syria.

Photo of Alan Duncan Alan Duncan The Minister of State, Department for International Development

The UK has no current plans to provide humanitarian funding to Hand in Hand for Syria. We are already providing substantial support to international organisations and humanitarian agencies with the ability to deliver assistance at the level required to meet the significant needs in Syria and neighbouring countries. UK funds are providing nearly 24,000 families in Syria with emergency food supplies, as well as delivering life-saving medical care, shelter and clean water for tens of thousands of people.

The UN-managed Emergency Response Fund (ERF), to which the UK has contributed £2 million, will support the work of humanitarian agencies, including non-governmental organisations (NGOs), to meet needs in Syria and the region. We have therefore advised Hand in Hand for Syria to contact the UN Office for Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to find out whether they are eligible for ERF funds.

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