Bishop of Southwark receives written answers to questions on Syria

SouthwarkOn the 9th April 2018 the Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, received written answers to three questions about Syria:

 

The Bishop of Southwark: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking (1) to ensure that there is no reduction in the level of UK funding to alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Syria, and (2) to aid the relief effort in neighbouring countries in 2018–19.

Lord Bates: DFID country allocations for 2018 and 2019 are yet to be determined. However, we remain at the forefront in delivering on pledges. In 2017, the UK met its pledge for the regional Syria Crisis Response, disbursing £508 million, or 102% of our pledge against the commitment of £500 million made at the April 2017 Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region conference.

The Government will also continue to provide assistance to support Syrian refugees in the neighbouring countries of Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey.

The Bishop of Southwark: To ask Her Majesty’s Government at what level the UK will be represented at the second Brussels Conference on Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region on 24 and 25 April; and whether they intend to press participating states and non-governmental bodies to agree a mechanism for timely and transparent receipt, disbursement, and accounting of money pledged.

Lord Bates: The Government’s representation at the upcoming Brussels Conference: Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region is currently under consideration.

The European Union leads on tracking and public reporting of money pledged for the Syria Crisis. The UK continues to participate fully in feeding into these reports and encourages other donors to do so as well.

The Bishop of Southwark: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to international donors to increase the payment rate as a proportion of pledged donations to the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan for Syria.

Lord Bates: We are working closely with other donors to ensure that where money has been pledged to the Regional Crisis and Resilience Plan, and its equivalent inside Syria, these pledges are fulfilled.

The European Union leads on tracking and public reporting of money pledged for the Syria Crisis. The UK continues to participate fully in feeding into these reports and encourages other donors to do so as well.

 

via Parliament.uk