HC Deb 10 February 1998 vol 306 c162W
Mr. Luff

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance her Department has provided to Papua New Guinea to relieve the effects of the drought and prevent starvation; and if she will make a statement. [28610]

Clare Short

We have contributed over £400,000 to assist those affected by the drought. These funds have been channelled through Non-Government Organisations such as World Vision UK, Christian Aid, UK Foundation for the South Pacific and the Salvation Army and have concentrated mainly on the provision of food and water. We will continue to monitor the situation closely through our High Commission in Port Moresby and the Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva.