International Development written question – answered on 20th March 2014.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Labour, Sheffield Central

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will make it her policy that demonstrable humanitarian access to Myanmar, including in Rakhine state, is a condition for the increased development aid budget for that country.

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

DFID's aid to Burma, including to Rakhine state, is provided on the basis of the humanitarian and development needs of the poor and vulnerable people there. Progress on humanitarian access is not a condition we set for giving aid in Burma, but we regularly urge the Government to improve humanitarian aid access.

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