To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to facilitate the delivery of aid from those in Britain who wish to take (a) food, (b) medicine and (c) other supplies to people who have fled from Ukraine.
7 March 2022
The UK Government advises people to donate cash through trusted charities and humanitarian partners, rather than donating goods. Unsolicited donations, although well-meaning, can obstruct supply chains and delay more urgent support from getting through. Trusted humanitarian partners are working with the Government of Ukraine and countries in the region to assess needs and delivering the assistance most required to meet those needs. It is usually more efficient for aid organisations to procure items that are required themselves, and locally, than to process, store, and distribute donated goods.