Mozambique: Helicopters for relief work


Written Answers

Monday, 13th March 2000

British Embassy, Beijing: DfID Staff

Lord Alton of Liverpool asked Her Majesty’s Government:

    What is the present level of the Department for International Development establishment at the British Embassy in Beijing; how many are employed on a permanent basis or on contract; what are their terms of reference; and what was the comparable number of personnel five years ago.[HL1335]

Baroness Amos: The Department for International Development has five members of staff at the British Embassy in Beijing at present. All are on contracts of between two and three years. Their terms of reference are to manage the department’s portfolio of bilateral development projects in China. DfID also funds three locally recruited members of staff, on annual contract to the Diplomatic Service Bureau, who provide administrative support. A fourth post is under recruitment.

There were no DfID staff in post five years ago. Prior to May 1999 bilateral projects were administered by Diplomatic Service staff in the Embassy as part of their wider duties, supported by locally recruited staff.

Mozambique: Helicopters for Relief Work

Lord Alton of Liverpool asked Her Majesty’s Government:

    (a) how many helicopters are now available for relief work in Mozambique; (b) how many helicopters or trained pilots they have made available; and (c) how many helicopters have been offered by the Ministry of Defence.[HL1405]

Baroness Amos: There are now over 50 helicopters assisting in the relief operation in Mozambique. DfID inputs into the air operation have been:

    (i) US$1 million to support the continued air operations of the South African Defence Force; and  

     

    (ii) direct provision of an additional 14 helicopters to the relief effort (including four from the Royal Air Force and four aboard RFA Fort George).