§ Mr. Michael
To ask the Prime Minister what offer of help in Somalia his Government have made in the light of President Bush's offer of military intervention on the subsequent decision of the UN Security Council.
§ Mr. Newton
I have been asked to reply. We are providing two RAF C130 transport aircraft, accompanied by supporting personnel, to the unified military task force in Somalia. On 4 December, my noble Friend Baroness Chalker of Wallasey, the Minister for Overseas Development, announced a further £4.5 million of 803W bilateral humanitarian aid to Somalia for immediate disbursement once conditions permit. This brings United Kingdom aid to Somalia this year to nearly £31.5 million, including our share of EC aid.