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South Asia Earthquake

Mr. Andrew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if he will list the main categories of aid and supplies the UK has pledged to help victims of the South Asia Earthquake; and how much of each category which has been pledged has been delivered. [39304]

Mr. Thomas: Following the 8 October earthquake, DFID has pledged a total of £58 million to the immediate relief phase. The following table gives details of DFID allocations to date. These can be found in our regularly updated situation reports placed on the DFID website, In addition, DFID has pledged £70 million to support reconstruction and longer-term recovery.
DFID funding allocations

PartnerActivityAmount (£)
Non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
Oxfam3,500 winterised family tents, 19,700 collapsible 10-litre jerry cans, 7,530 wool blankets, 40,000 sleeping mats, 20,000 tarpaulins(42)998,448
Islamic Relief10,000 tarpaulins, 20,000 blankets, 1,000 winterised family tents(42)258,000
Christian Aid/Church World Services1,000 winterised tents in-kind; programme for shelter, food and first aid. 2,000 tarpaulins from Lahore (£10,000)(43)310,000
Save the Children UKProvision of shelter, blankets, clothing, primary health care, psycho social support to children300,000
Save the Children UKShelter600,000
Save the Children IndiaShelter for India administered Kashmir500,000
Action AidFood packages, health centres, psycho social support, and shelter; 1,250 tarpaulins from Lahore (£6,100)306,100
Rural Support Programmes NetworkTents, food, sanitation, water; 2,750 tarpaulins from Lahore (£13,500)313,500
Mercy CorpsHealth units, emergency obstetrics and outreach212,000
International Health PartnersProvision of various emergency medicines50,000
Norwegian Refugee CouncilStoves and fuel300,000
Norwegian Refugee CouncilShelter700,000
CAFODWater and sanitation and shelter, and cash for work; 2,000 tarps from Lahore (£10,000)310,000
International Medical CorpsMobile health clinics, primary health care training, distribution of hygiene kits289,000
GOAL2,000 tarpaulins from Lahore10,000
ACTEDShelter, toolkits and latrines300,000
Action Against HungerWat/san337,123
InternewsCommunication, support to journalist training, radio distribution300,000
MerlinTo set up two field trauma units in the Panj Kot valley. Support to four primary health centres and health outreach via mobile units.800,000
Australian Aid InternationalHealth199,424
Handicap InternationalHealth assistance and rehabilitation to disabled population300,000
Humanitarian Accountability Partnership InternationalSupport to agency accountability mechanisms45,402
International Rescue CorpsHealth assistance300,000
UN Agencies
Flash Appeal: $549 million requested for 6 months
WHOShipment of health and trauma kits to Pakistan (covering 40,000 people for 3 months) and programme surveillance and response teams. 1 staff secondment 3 months.670,000
OCHAHumanitarian Information Centre module + vehicle; other in-kind support (vehicles, staff secondments)(42)350,000
OCHACoordination and additional support to the Humanitarian Information Centre750,000
OCHASupport to Security Communications via information communications technology500,000
UNHASSupport for helicopters, one refueler2,258,250
UNHASHelicopter support1,400,000
UNJLCStaff secondments50,000
WFPLogistics support800,000
WFPFood support650,000
UNDSSFour vehicles to support United Nations Department for Safety and Security and relief worker safety and security(42)150,000
IOMShelter packages including tents, stoves and cooking equipment, including 2 staff secondments830,000
IOMShelter materials and personnel support1,000,000
UNICEFWater and sanitation, staff secondment1,080,000
UNHCRCamp management, staff secondments1,250,000
UNHCRAirlift for 27,000 stoves126,493
Details of DFID secondmentsDFID secondments: liaison officer for Humanitarian Information Centre (OCHA); air operations expert (UN Joint Logistics Centre); 3 shelter experts (IOM); 1 Civ/mil officer (OCHA Military Civil Defence Agency); 1 logistician (WHO); 4 military logistical planners (UNJLC); 1 GIS officer for HIC (OCHA); 1 air ops (UNHAS); 2 water supply specialists (UNICEF); 1 senior site planner (UNHCR).
Sub-total allocated11,864,743
Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
ICRCHelicopters, winter clothing, tents and food in Pakistan administered Kashmir; one refueler2,578,250
FederationRelief supplies for NWFP Pakistan2,000,000
MOD Operations; DFID marginal costs
MODThree Chinooks deployed for 28 days until 25 November
MODC130 airlift of rations and water from Kabul
MOD40 tonnes of vegetarian rations and transport from UK to NATO Air Bridge
MODAirlift of 2 PUMA helicopters from Spain for use by ICRC
Sub-total allocated(44)3,000,000
DEC airlift
DECMerlin (26 flights)228,751
DECBritish Red Cross (21 flights)1,730,437
DECSave the Children (10 flights)503,162
DECOxfam (7 flights)354,875
DECIslamic Relief (4 flights)420,000
DECWorld Vision (5 flights)218,766
DECChristian Aid (3 flights)346,080
DECPakistan High Commission (1 flight)126,000
DECMiscellaneous costs75,671
Sub-total allocated4,003,433
NATO support
NATOCharter heavy lift aircraft to transport priority relief items from UN warehouses in Europe and the Middle East to Pakistan(45)2,000,000
NATO59 Independent Commando Squadron, Royal Engineers to work under NATO command for shelter construction in high areas(45)2,500,000
ECHODFID contribution towards European Commission Humanitarian Office funding1,600,000
DFID Pakistan
Various organisationsTo be programmed to support local humanitarian efforts(45)1,000,000
Birdlife InternationalImmediate relief activities17,000
Rural water supply and sanitation programmeWater/sanitation385,587
Helicopter operation
Helicopters4 Mil-8 medium lift helicopters to the UNHAS operation four months4,100,000
DFID direct costs
Direct costsSearch and Rescue teams; DFID assessment teams, operating costs2,050,000

(42)In kind.
(43)Including £115,000 in kind.

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Sunset Clauses

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is in respect of the use of sunset clauses in legislation. [37392]

Hilary Benn: The appropriateness of a sunset clause for the whole or part of any proposed legislation is considered on a case by case basis. It is also addressed when a regulatory impact assessment relation to legislation is being prepared.

DFID is not currently taking any legislation through Parliament.


Mr. Joyce: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development whether he plans to press for the United Nations Security Council to discuss and adopt a resolution on the conflict in northern Uganda during the UK's presidency. [35701]

Hilary Benn: The UK is committed to find a resolution to the conflict in northern Uganda. I am aware a number of non-governmental organisations have written to my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary, advocating a UN Security Council Resolution during the UK's Presidency of the Security Council in December. These ideas are currently being considered.

John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what steps are being taken by his Department to tackle the use of child soldiers in northern Uganda. [35738]

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Hilary Benn: The UK Government deplores the use of child soldiers. Child abduction is the rebel Lord's Resistance Army's (LRA) principle recruitment method. Although a recent World Health Organisation Survey in parts of northern Uganda indicated a significant decline in LRA abduction rates in 2005, the problem remains serious. Large numbers of children are forced to commute into town centres at night to avoid abduction by the LRA. We are helping UNICEF provide safe shelters in which these children can sleep. We are also helping UNICEF re-integrate child soldiers that escape or are rescued from the LRA through counselling, help with tracing families and specific initiatives to deal with the social challenges of re-integration.

We remain concerned about continued reports of a small number of under age recruits in the Ugandan army. Uganda has ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which prohibits recruitment into the armed forces under the age of 18. The Government of Uganda works with agencies such as UNICEF to ensure underage recruits are identified and demobilised. UK officials in Kampala continue to monitor the situation closely.

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