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Sri Lanka - International Development - 16/02/2011 - James Gray MP

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Published on Feb 16, 2011

Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire) (Conservative): The United Nations estimates that some 90% of Sri Lanka's rice crop will be destroyed by the recent flooding. That makes the Government's decision to stop all aid with effect from March quite worrying, because on top of all the troubles in that unfortunate country there is a very real risk of food security problems or starvation in the years to come. What is the Department prepared to do about that?

The Minister of State, Department for International Development (Mr Alan Duncan): I urge my hon. Friend to appreciate the distinction between a continuing bilateral programme and humanitarian aid, which can be given as needs must. We will continue to review the humanitarian needs of Sri Lanka and work through multilateral organisations as required.

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For more information about James Gray MP's work in Westminster and Wiltshire, please visit www.jamesgray.org (http://www.jamesgray.org)

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