HC Deb 27 July 1938 vol 338 cc3080-1
11. Mr. Edmund Harvey

asked the Prime Minister whether he has received any reports of the work of the International Commission for assisting child refugees in Spain; whether he is satisfied that the funds of the Commission are adequate to the magnitude of its task; and whether His Majesty's Government can give further assistance to the work of the Commission in view of the urgency of the need?

18. Miss Rathbone

asked the Prime Minister whether in view of the fact that the fund at the disposal of the International Commission which is assisting to feed refugee children in Spain will only suffice for a small proportion of the children urgently needing assistance and is approaching exhaustion, His Majesty's Government will make a further grant for this purpose?

Mr. Butler

I have received a report on this subject from the Commission, who represent the urgent need of further funds, and request His Majesty's Government to make a further contribution. This request is at present under consideration.

Mr. Harvey

In view of the assistance given by His Majesty's Government to the Commission's work at the outset, will they be willing to consider again approaching other Governments with a view to further collaboration?

Mr. Butler

His Majesty's Government realise the importance of this problem, and that is why these further requests for increased contributions are receiving consideration.

Miss Rathbone

Have not the British Government a special responsibility in the matter in view of the fact that these people would not have been in their present plight if it had not been for the policy of His Majesty's Government?