UK Politics

Conservative Party: Mitchell thanks public for Pakistan flood support

News   •   Sep 08, 2010 12:59 BST

Andrew Mitchell, the Secretary of State for International Development, today thanked the British public for their magnificent donations to the Disaster Emergency Committee Pakistan Floods Appeal, which have now topped £47m.

Having outlined the Coalition Government's response to the disaster he set out how the UK will intensify efforts this week.

Speaking in the House of Commons this afternoon, Andrew Mitchell said:

"The British people have once again demonstrated their compassion and generosity. I am sure the House will wish to join me in commending the magnificent response from the British public who have committed more than £47 million to the Disaster Emergency Committee Appeal. We continue to urge people to give, and to give generously, to that appeal."

And he added:

"The UK and Pakistan are bound together by bonds of history and family which underline our support for Pakistan in good times and bad. This bond will remain strong over the coming months and years, as we work together to help Pakistan recover from this unprecedented catastrophe."