§ Mr. Tom Clarke
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he is able to give details of(a) disaster management training programmes for staff within the Overseas Development Administration and (b) the numbers of staff now qualified in these areas.
§ Mr. Eggar
With the exception of a new staff member, the other three staff in the Overseas Development Administration's disaster unit are widely experienced in disaster response administration. We have recently increased practical and on-the-job training including short, working attachments to the office of the United Nations disaster relief co-ordinator in Geneva and to the United States office of emergency disaster assistance in Washington. The scope for external training is under review.