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Syria: Development Aid

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 21283, tabled on 20 June 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps she plans to take to minimise the impact of reductions to UK Aid in Syria.

Answered on

28 June 2022

The UK works closely with our humanitarian partners, including the UN, International and Syrian NGOs, to understand the impact of UK aid spending and will continue to keep this under review. The UK continues to use its position at the UN Security Council to ensure aid access into Syria. In May I [Minister Milling], visited the Turkey-Syria border region and noted the vital work done by the UN and NGOs to support over 4 million people in north west Syria.

The UK remains one of the largest donors to the Syrian crisis, committing over £3.8 billion in UK aid since 2012, our largest ever response to a single humanitarian crisis. We have supported millions of people, providing food, clean water, healthcare and education across the whole of Syria. Our focus remains on protecting and prioritising the most vulnerable and ensuring our aid is delivered in the most effective and efficient way.