31. Mr. FOOT
asked the Prime Minister what contribution His Majesty's Government have actually made up to the present towards the needs of the starving peasants of South-East Russia: to what extent the contribution has been made up of stores; what form the stores have taken; and the several channels through which the contribution has been made?
The contribution made by His Majesty's Government towards famine relief in Russia consists wholly of stores to the present-day value of £200,000, as explained to the House of Commons in the two Supplementary Estimates presented respectively on 27th October, 1921, and on 23rd February, 1922. The stores consist mainly of foodstuffs, about £180,000 worth being food and the rest medical stores. The stores have been, or are being, handed over to the British Red Cross to be distributed by their agents in Russia in conjunction with the Russian Famine Relief Fund, the Society of Friends, and the Save the Children Fund for the relief of the, victims of the famine.