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80 people, although police said it will not know the total toll until

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the end of the year. Do join me for a round-up of the day in both Houses

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of Parliament at 11 o'clock tonight. First we have the secretary.

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Colleagues the results will be announced when they are available.

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That is what it says here! I expect to announce the results of the

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ballots at the end of the debate on Grenfell Tower this evening.

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Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development.

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Secretary Priti Patel. Thank you Speaker. UK aid plays a vital role

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in helping the world's poorest in helping tackle and disease and

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terrorism put up in Africa since 2015, we have provided assistance to

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13.7 million people. Can I congratulate the Secretary of State

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this week for population and considering what Mrs Gates had to

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say about the impact on migration. Will she consider how the core

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funding for organisations such as IP PF and others can be reinstated in

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to help the organisations deliver what they have been doing

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effectively for some years. The honourable gentleman is right. These

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are important organisations and the UK has led the way on family

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planning. As we showed yesterday, we are constantly looking at how we can

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work with important partners on this very essential issue, in particular

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on family planning and modern methods of contraception and we will

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review more. Mr Speaker, in the decision by the PM to appointed

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joint minister for sub-Saharan Africa, can be Secretary of State

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say what her priorities are for driving forehead HMG's priorities.

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My friend Mike is absolutely right to commend the two Department

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working together and there is a good reason for this because we are not

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one HMG, we are one Government about we have the same priorities right

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comes to Africa, tackling the big issues but also the essential air of

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economic development and growing countries like Africa so they can

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become trading... The assessment of the current situation in the

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Democratic Republic of Congo and in particular what is the Government

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doing to assist the humanitarian crisis that but also to ensure Congo

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can move to democratic elections as soon as possible. I thank my

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honourable friend and I congratulate him on his reappointment to that

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role. He is right to stress the significance of what is going on in

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the DRC right now. It is very worrying. There are many human

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tearing pressures that we know of in the country and electoral situation

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and democratic situation is not sustainable right now. We're working

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on the ground and with our partners to ensure we provide support that is

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necessary to get the country back on track. In recent years, UK aid has

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played a key role in helping Ethiopia become more resilient to

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crises by nicking sure people have a safety net so they do not staff.

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Would you agree with me that the British public can be proud of what

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this Government has done? My honourable friend is right and

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having visited Ethiopia recently just a month ago, we have seen UK

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aid in action. There is no doubt that the UK is keeping people alive

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with the humanitarian situation, the drought that has taken place, that

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at the same time we are supporting the industrialisation of Ethiopia

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with trade opportunities and British firms creating jobs in the country

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itself. The Independent commission for aid impact has reported that UK

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development assistance to Africa was down by a massive 20,000,020 16 and

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one that Africa is losing out on a spending as the Government diverts

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money to countries in Europe and Asia. Considering that Africa has

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the highest proportion of its population living in extreme

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poverty, can the Minister of State on watching tends to do to reverse

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the cuts and make sure Africa does not lose out on funding? I welcome

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the honourable lady to her new role and congratulate in joining the

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front bench in this role. We have a commitment to .7% and that is a

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commitment we are proud of. Seven did this serve 74% and the majority

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of the money does go to Africa in programming. I think it is important

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to recognise that firstly there is an enormous humanitarian crisis in

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Africa and we have throughout the years scaled up and lead the way and

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called on other donors to put more money into Africa on famine relief

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and we are walking across departments to make sure Africa is a

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issue. I have regular discussions with the Secretary of State and

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others with the conflict in Syria and we are doing more on the

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humanitarian side as well. Will be Secretary of State tell us what has

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been done to make sure civilians can leave safely including what

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information they are giving them on routes to escape. The honourable

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lady, her rights, mass conflict in terms of recapturing the city

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itself, in terms of the regional support we are providing, we are

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providing support, medical, food, shelter, all the basics that they

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need in the region, but they asked specifically about information and

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we are working with our partners on the ground working in challenging

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situations to give them communication and guidance as to

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where the safe places are that they can go to. We might not reach the

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question for the lady for Bamburgh. May I use this opportunity to thank

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you for your support for Syrians and that of DFID. Singing for Syrians

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with all of the support that I have received is now not only to support

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medical agencies in Syria but for the schools of disabled children.

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Does my honourable friend agree with me that aid is always worth more

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spent in the region and with the people caught up in this conflict

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are really want is to be able to stay as close to home as possible?

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My honourable friend is absolutely right and I would like to commend

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her and congratulate her and others involved in singing for Syrians. It

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is an incredible charity and I commend her on her work. Providing

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support in the region is what makes a difference in terms of changing

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lives and saving lives. We have led the way, we have spent over ?2.6

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billion in the region providing opportunity for those displaced in

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conflict. Quite obvious to see governments in the... Has she made

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an assessment of what that would mean for her department on the

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ground and is she being the voice of reason in this? It is wrong to

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suggest that we are expanding any conflict at all. Our focus and the

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Government is one of making short UK aid goes to the people who are

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suffering through such a bleak situations on the ground right now.

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We are working across Government and with our partners in the region as

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well to bring hope where is there is despair and end the conflict with

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our international partners as well. Before the conflict, the Syrian

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population was composed of 11% Christians. Quite rightly, the

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Government have a programme to admit on humanitarian reasons refugees

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from the camps. But in the early stages, the Christians were not

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going far comes due to intimidation. Can my honourable friend assure me

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that there is a fair proportion of Christians in the reception? My

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honourable friend makes an important port and we are reaching the most

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vulnerable people across Syria including Christians and UK funding

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is distributed on the basis that civilians are not discriminated

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against on the basis of race, religion RSS city. -- RSS city.

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Meeting the target is a manifesto commitment, enshrined in law and the

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Government has been unequivocal that we continue to attract on about.

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Those committing to the target of spending a certain amount of GDP on

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edge, disease Secretary of State agree that poverty reduction must be

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at the heart of UK aid spending? I welcome the honourable gentleman to

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the house. He is right and that is exactly what our aid spending does

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and poverty reduction is at the heart of the definition in terms of

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spending and that is what this Government is absolutely focused on.

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Not by 7% is extremely valuable in alleviating poverty, but would the

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Secretary of State update the house on a important summit she attended

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yesterday on family planning and what it has achieved? The issue of

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family planning is an enormous issue in terms of development and

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alleviation. We convened yesterday with our co-hosts and many other

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representatives from around the world came, made big pledges and

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commitments to tackle the issue of family planning. The UK has led the

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way when it comes to this, but we are working in the private sector to

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put more money in this and develop new products. What percentage of the

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budget will be spent helping developing countries tackle climate

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change? Will she follow Scotland's example and establish a climate

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justice fund will her Government tie itself to Donald Trump's attitude to

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climate change recently described as pushing the Earth 's climate over

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the brink to become like Venice with a temperature of 250 degrees and

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reigning sulphuric acid? With regard to this Government's

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commitment to climate change, we have a signatory to the Paris

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agreement and we are committed to delivering that. When it comes to

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percentage of spending, we have a range of spending across the

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department -- Government departments, working on this issue

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with DFID as well because we know so much over climate change issues have

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a massive impact in terms of drought, famine and causing a great

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deal of harm in different parts of the world. Constituents are coming

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into Parliament today to set out their concerns about Christians in

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Syria facing oppression and persecution. Will the Secretary of

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State use the aid budget to alleviate the suffering of Christian

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communities during that time of trouble? I thank my honourable

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friend for her question, UK aid and funding is distributed on the basis

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to those in need, but importantly standing up for them and giving them

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a voice in parts of the wild is conflict. As well as recommitting to

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the UN target of not .7 -- 0.7, how will the Minister consult civil

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society before proposing further changes, or relaxation of rules? I

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thank the honourable lady for her question, this is an important area

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where I have committed to working with all partners, in particular

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civil society, and in fact civil society and I, a range of NGOs spent

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some time on this issue two weeks ago, and this is an ongoing dialogue

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and I would welcome views of other partners on this issue. With high

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Government's new-found desire to reach out to other parties for

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ideas, precisely which of the 13 policy ideas in Labour's 2013

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manifesto does the Secretary of State intend to implement? When it

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comes to development I think it is fair to say we are in agreement to

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our national commitment to 0.7%. Hence our constructive exchange

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right now. With reference to a previous question, on ODA reform, we

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should be working on this with our international partners. This year we

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are providing a package of humanitarian support to these

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particular countries, providing food, shelter and water to those in

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desperate need. Can I press the Secretary of State

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and asked her what her department is doing to encourage the Ugandan

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Government to fully engage in diplomatic efforts to bring warring

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parties in South Sudan to the negotiating table? South Sudan and

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the conflict there is an abhorrent situation, I have seen that at first

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hand. I have absolutely been pressing the Ugandan Government and

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also other neighbours in the region, they need to step up effectively,

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call out the appalling behaviour we have been seeing in South Sudan, and

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the UK's doing everything we possibly can to make sure that

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message is heard. Can I congratulate the Secretary of State and DFID for

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coordinating the aid effort in South Sudan with other countries. Does she

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agree this was let another example where British taxpayers' money is

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being widely spent keeping alive men, women and children who have

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been -- happen to share the planet with us? South Sudan is a man-made

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crisis which has caused thousands to flee their home. UK aid is making a

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great difference. Number five, Mr Speaker. Last week DFID launched a

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fund specifically for UK's small UK registered charities with an annual

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income of less than ?250,000. In I am proud of the work many of our

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constituents in Cheadle undertake, and small charities are vital to our

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aid programme and for this -- does my right honourable friend agree

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with me that providing these funds to our local and small charities, we

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can improve the connection between our civil society and the important

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work in helping countries overseas? Small charities are a crucial part

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of the UK's development over. I would urge all colleagues across the

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House to encourage their small charities to apply to this fund,

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because there is a great opportunity to build those links nationally and

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internationally on these important issues. Will she give priority in

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allocating funds to areas of the world such as Yemen, where there is

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a humanitarian catastrophe, where 300,000 people are facing a cholera

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epidemic? The honourable gentleman is right, and I commend him for

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raising the issue of Yemen where the conflict is having devastating

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impact, and of course there is a cholera crisis. We are spending

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hundreds of millions in providing the necessary life-saving support to

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the people who are engrossed in that awful conflict. What assessment has

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my right honourable friend made of the remarkable voluntary and

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charitable contribution made alongside the Government's work to

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relieve the crisis in Syria, and how does the department helped to

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facilitate that were? My honourable friend is right to raise this, and

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in terms of the support for Syria and the region, UK aid is playing a

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significant part, we are one of the largest donors, but also the many

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small charities as we have heard, playing a part as well, and the

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small charities fund will help to facilitate more UK small charities

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to do more on international crisis and conflict. Number six, Mr

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Speaker. The UK was at the forefront of drafting those goals, and is

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leading a great deal of the implementation. The 28th of March we

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published a report, DFID's leads on implementation in making sure the

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single departmental plans drive it through domestically. Winger he will

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know of my interest in the issue of food waste in particular. Does he

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agree that with a goal of 12.3, it is not just enough to have a DFID

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led approach, we won't be able to help farmers in developing countries

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unless we also tackle the relationship with the supermarkets

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in this country as well. The right poll has been a leader in food waste

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in this House. It has to be driven by Defra and the Secretary of State

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for Defra, monitored by the Cabinet Office and then DFID role is to make

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sure that internationally, we are consistent with exactly the kind of

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leadership on food waste that the right honourable member has

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provided. Winger the commitment to and lamenting the sustainable

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development goals comes right from the top of the Government. -- in

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implementing. Does -- on my right honourable friend update the House

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on when he is asked the officer for national statistics to report on the

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UK's progress? Winger red they are currently compiling a report for the

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UN, and we will be submitting ourselves to a voluntary assessment

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of the UN -- the UK's performance at home and abroad on the sustainable

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development goals. Given President from's declaration on the Paris

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agreement, doesn't that blow a hole in the UK's objectives on the

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climate change agreement as part of the millennium development goals?

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The UK's obligation under the sustainable development goals is to

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make -- remain committed to our own performance, we are sticking with

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the Paris agreement, and we will demonstrate at home and abroad that

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we really care about clean, renewable energy. Topical questions.

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Yesterday I hosted a fantastic family planning conference here in

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London, dealing with the population challenges of regions such as

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Africa, but also making -- demonstrating UK leadership in terms

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of how we can help those who do not have a voice on this issue. Will the

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Secretary of State commitment to change the UK definition of

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international aid without consultation and approval from this

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House? I have already said that I am engaged in all parties, not just

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political parties but also stakeholders and international

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colleagues as well, because of course our very clear guidelines on

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OECD rules, we will work with all part -- partners to insure that we

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can look at the changes necessary. If your tools or your land stolen

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and there is no redress through the justice system, or if you are too

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fearful to walk to school because you have been raped and no action

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has been taken, development is restricted if policy continues. So

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what action is DFID taking to make sure that justice systems function

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properly in the domestic were? -- poverty continues. Strengthening the

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justice systems around the world, particularly in developing

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countries, is an essential part in our fight against poverty. But also

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building safer communities and countries, and that is the focus of

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DFID and UK aid. What is the cycling's -- what is the Secretary

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of State doing about the plight of hundreds of thousands of Syrians who

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cannot access any UK aid, because they are still under age by the Al

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Assad Government. He raises a very serious situation, in Syria and also

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the besieged areas in which we are struggling, collectively all

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agencies are struggling to get support and aid to people who

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desperately need this. We're working with many of the aid agencies on the

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ground but also the UN in particular. Who are leading the way

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here, and of course it is a devastating situation in Syria, and

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we are working with all parties to see what we can do to get supplies

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in as and when those windows opportunities appear. Winger free

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trade is essentially -- free trade -- can my right honourable friend

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update the House on what policies she is taking to update this issue?

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The UK is committed to ensuring valeting countries can combat

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poverty through focusing on free trade. -- developing countries. We

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are encouraging trade preferences with poor countries to make this may

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help them trade their way out of poverty, and that is an area DFID is

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focused on. So the whole house can benefit from the mellifluous tones

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of the honourable lady, perhaps she can face the House when opening full

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is -- answering. School students from Wrexham and the suit to

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southern Africa have had a tremendous relationship through

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personal contact with students in Europe and Africa. -- De Soto. How

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can we enable that to continue? The honourable gentleman is right to

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raise these amazing partnerships between our schools in Africa and

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the UK, and of course DFID is leading the way through many of the

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programmes we have, but also through the connecting classrooms programme

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that is taking place in many honourable and right honourable

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members' schools. Speaker-macro, trade not aid is the route out of

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poverty for developing countries. With the Secretary of State agree --

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would the Secretary of State agree that leaving the EU will allow this

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country to lower its tariffs and allow developing countries to trade

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with us? My honourable friend makes a very, very important and relevant

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point. As someone who also campaigned to leave the EU, I think

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it is absolutely right that when we bring forward our trade preferences

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through future legislation as we leave the EU, that will enable many

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poor countries to leave behind poverty and get on the path to

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prosperity. 95% of drinking water in Gaza now being unsafe to drink,

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we're now fast becoming -- approaching the part -- pod of Gaza

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being uninhabitable is. What is the Government doing to ensure we do not

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reach that point, and pushing the plans for a desalination plant?

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According to the UN office for the coordination of humanitarian

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affairs, most homes in Gaza are only getting water for a few hours every

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three to five days. The availability of safe drinking water has become

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worse, the UK encourages all parties to find a sustainable solution to

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the problem, and in the longer term continues to urge the authorities to

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ensure fair distribution of water. Can the Secretary of State assure me

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that her department will work closely with disability focus

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organisations, so that the UK's efforts to improve access to

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education for disabled children in developing countries are successful?

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Let me start by welcoming my honourable friend to the House. We

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are committed in the UK to focus on disability in poor countries, and

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also importantly enable those that are disadvantaged in some of the

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most pro--- poorest parts of the world. Yet the macro myself on the

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honourable member for Brock still have been to Jordan and met the

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people on the ground who are really worried about the potential

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instability as a result of accepting so many Syrian refugees. What the

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Government agree that ensuring stability in host countries who are

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opening their doors is an absolute priority? The honourable lady will

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have seen the impact of the Syrian conflict that is happening in Jordan

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and the region, and Jordan as a host country has been heavily supported

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by the United Kingdom, by UK aid, to provide all the essential things

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they need. Can the Secretary of State insure their department works

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to try and ensure that more women in the developing world have access to

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advice and support on contraception and family planning? My right

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honourable friend is right, and I would state again that we hosted a

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summer yesterday on this very issue, and will continue to lead the way in

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standing up for women's rights in developing countries, but also

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pioneering more work and support in family planning and contraceptives.

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Does the Minister agree with me that proposals in Israel, discussed last

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month by the Israeli Government, on this construction of a Gaza seaport

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to ease the situation in Gaza, and will support this initiative? The

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idea of a new seaport could open up all sorts of things in Gaza, and

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change the situation for the people there quite materially. It is a very

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interesting proposal, and I'm interested to see how far it is

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taken. Yet the macro -- British funded refugee

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camps across Turkey have been preventing illegal migration into

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Europe. Is it time to commit a similar scheme in North Africa.

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We are providing a great deal of support to migrants with

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humanitarian aid, and looking at the flows of people.

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The British Government is leading the response to West Africa. Can the

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Secretary of State update the House. Parred in East Africa specifically

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we have led the way in humanitarian and emergency food assistance, given

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help to over 2.4 million people. Questions to the Prime Minister.

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Caroline Flint. Question number one. Mr Damian

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Green. My right honourable friend is

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welcoming the king and queen of Spain on their state visit to the

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United Kingdom and I am sure the whole House wishes them well. Isn't

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today's report that the National Grid made ?3 billion profit in 2016

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at the expense of households further evidence the Government is not

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delivering their energy prices? Will the Government agreed to

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