60 tonnes of aid af­ter Irma

Evening Express (City Final) - - Uk & Abroad -

MORE than 60 tonnes of UK aid has now reached the Caribbean to sup­port the vic­tims of Hur­ri­cane Irma. The Bri­tish ef­fort now in­volves more than

1,000 mil­i­tary per­son­nel,

50 po­lice of­fi­cers and

30 aid work­ers. And a fur­ther 60 tonnes of sup­plies are en route to the Bri­tish over­seas ter­ri­to­ries in the Caribbean on board HMS Ocean.

The lat­est up­date from the Depart­ment for In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment came as an in­ter­na­tional body sig­nalled it would re­sist UK pres­sure to change its rules so that the as­sis­tance can be classed as part of the aid bud­get. Down­ing Street has made clear Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May is “frus­trated” with rules set by the Or­gan­i­sa­tion for Eco­nomic Co-oper­a­tion and De­vel­op­ment which mean over­seas de­vel­op­ment aid cash can­not be al­lo­cated to rel­a­tively high­in­come coun­tries like An­tigua, An­guilla, Turks and Caicos and the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands.

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