§ 15. Mr. Edmund Harvey
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Economic Warfare whether arrangements have now been made for the despatch of further consignments of food to Greece sufficient in quantity to meet the urgent need of the civilian population?
§ The Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Economic Warfare (Mr. Dingle Foot)
As I informed my hon. Friend on 3rd March, by agreement with the Greek Government, His Majesty's Government have financed the chartering by the Swedish Red Cross of the steamship "Hallaren" to help in carrying relief for Greece. Arrangements are now being made for this vessel to load a cargo of 4,500 tons of foodstuffs at Lisbon. This cargo is being purchased from Swiss stocks by the Greek Government in London, and His Majesty's Government are prepared to grant additional navicerts to the Swiss authorities to make good the amount so transferred.
§ Mr. Harvey
May I take it that the policy of the Government is to do their utmost to see that this supply continues so that the Greek population may be preserved from starvation?
§ Sir Percy Harris
Does my hon. Friend realise the serious urgency of this matter? Is not the time factor most important? Will the Government do their best to expedite the shipments which have been agreed upon?
§ Lieut.-Colonel Sir Thomas Moore
Have any arrangements been made to send regular supplies, instead of piecemeal supplies, in order to succour these unhappy people?
§ Mr. Stokes
Is my hon. Friend aware that in normal times Greece imports 400,000 tons of wheat every year and that the arrangements so far made are entirely inadequate?