International Development written question – answered on 12th September 2013.

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Photo of Ivan Lewis Ivan Lewis Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how her Department plans to allocate the additional £52 million of UK aid to Syria.

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

So far the UK has provided £348 million to assist those most in need as a result of the Syria crisis. The money is being spent through a combination of partners and UN agencies, specifically the World Food Programme and the UN Refugee Agency. This funding has provided food for over 285,000 people a month, water for almost 1 million people and approximately 300,000 medical consultations.

We are currently in discussions with our partners to allocate an additional £52 million based on a continuous assessment of needs. The Secretary of State during her recent visit to the region announced that £10 million of this will be allocated to needs in Jordan. We also intend to increase our emphasis in helping the 1 million children refugees.

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