HC Deb 19 January 1989 vol 145 c269W
Mr. Caborn

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will give a breakdown of the amount diverted from the Government's overseas aid budget to provide emergency funds to the following countries in the wake of recent disasters(a) the Sudan, (b) Bangladesh, (c) Nicaragua, and other Latin American countries affected by Hurricane Joan, (d) Jamaica and (e) Mexico.

Mr. Chris Patten

The funds provided for these recent disasters were allocated from contingency provision within the overseas aid budget; none of the money was diverted from planned aid programme expenditure.

The amounts spent on emergency relief in the countries named in 1988–89 have been:

£ million
(a) Sudan (floods, refugees etc) 12.4
(b) Bangladesh (floods) 2.5
(c) Nicaragua and Costa Rica (hurricane) 0.27
(d) Jamaica (hurricane) 0.55
(e) Mexico (hurricane) 0.015