Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, Stephen O'Brien, responded to an urgent question asked by Shadow Minister for International Development, Mark Lazarowicz, on the humanitarian situation in Ivory Coast.
The Secretary of State for International Development announced on 25 March that Britain would provide a significant emergency aid package to help people affected by fierce fighting and violence who are in urgent need in Ivory Coast and Liberia (West Africa).
Watch and read the urgent question and the views expressed by MPs on Parliament TV and in Commons Hansard. Find current parliamentary material on Africa and international development in the Topics section on the Parliament website.
Urgent questions are asked at the end of Question Time. If something has happened, normally a matter of public importance, which an MP believes requires an immediate answer from a government minister, they may apply to the Speaker to ask an urgent question.
If the Speaker agrees, the question will be asked at the end of Question Time.