HC Deb 19 December 1994 vol 251 c886W
Mr. Bernie Grant

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if Her Majesty's Government (1) will give development as well as humanitarian aid to areas in the south of Sudan controlled by the Government of Sudan;

(2) how much (a) humanitarian and (b) development aid is annually being sent to the Sudan from Her Majesty's Government; and what are the reasons for this.

Mr. Baldry

We provided £14.7 million in emergency aid to Sudan in 1993–94 in order to meet urgent humanitarian needs. Our bilateral development aid programme to Sudan was closed in January 1991 for economic and political reasons, including the Sudan Government's record on human rights and their attitude towards terrorism. We have no plans to reopen it. Support for small projects including those managed by British NGOs under the joint funding scheme continues at about £250,000 per annum.