HC Deb 10 December 1991 vol 200 cc387-8W
Mr. Michael

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to assist non-governmental organisations in their efforts to deliver humanitarian aid to(a) Northern Somalia and (b) Mogadishu and other areas of the south.

Mrs. Chalker

We are providing humanitarian assistance to Somalia through United Nations and voluntary agencies. This calendar year we have committed a total of £3.47 million bilateral emergency aid to Somalia including £1.46 million for the north. Recent grants include £300,000 for an essential mine-clearing project in northern Somalia and £50,000 for emergency medical supplies for Mogadishu. We contribute towards the operational costs of non-governmental organisations' relief activities in both north and south Somalia.