House of Lords written question – answered on 10 October 2013.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much aid the Department for International Development has given to Montserrat since the Soufrière Hills volcano eruption; and what have been the benefits of that aid.

Photo of Baroness Northover Baroness Northover Lords Spokesperson (Women & Equalities), Baroness in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), Lords Spokesperson (Department for International Development)

DFID has provided over £370m of assistance since 1995 for emergency support, construction activities in the safe north of the island, technical co-operation and budgetary support. Examples include support for the provision of basic services. including maintaining air and sea access; health and education; a volcanic observatory; housing; an airport; roads; improved and hurricane-resistant government offices, water and sanitation; tourism services; and infrastructure projects including exploratory drilling for geothermal energy.

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