§ Mr. Harry Barnes
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his oral answer of 10 February 1992,Official Report, column 665, if he will give details of the activities of the emergency aid department, showing in which way its work differs from that of the disaster relief unit which it replaced.
§ Mrs. Chalker
I announced the creation of the ODA's emergency aid department on 14 August 1991. A copy of the announcement has been placed in the Library.
The emergency aid department incorporates the relief work of the disaster unit and the refugee unit and now has an additional section to deal with the new disaster relief initiative, disaster preparedness and the continuing humanitarian crisis in Iraq.