HC Deb 02 November 2000 vol 355 c587W
Dr. Tonge

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what assistance her Department is providing to the drought affected areas of Central Asia. [135215]

Clare Short

We are taking a regional approach in our response to the drought which is affecting a belt of countries across the whole of Asia. So far we have committed over £5 million for humanitarian assistance in the drought affected countries. Further funds have been set aside to respond to needs in Central Asia specifically. We are currently considering proposals from a number of international agencies, including UN organisations, the Red Cross and international NGOs.