HC Deb 05 December 1945 vol 416 c2311
37. Captain Crowder

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if the officials of U.N.R.R.A. distribute food and clothing in Greece to the individual families or only in bulk at fixed centres.

Mr. Bevin

Supplies imported by U.N.R.R.A. into Greece are delivered to the Greek Government in bulk. They are, however, distributed by methods worked out and agreed upon in detail between the Greek Government and U.N.R.R.A. The U.N.R.R.A. Mission in Greece are in a position to keep a constant watch upon the distribution of U.N.R.R.A. supplies through this system in order that they may satisfy themselves that these supplies reach the people for which they are intended. Special arrangements exist for the distribution of food and clothing to those families who are without the means to purchase them.

Captain Crowder

Is the Foreign Secretary satisfied that these goods do not get into the hands of the black market, and that they really do reach the women and children who need them?

Mr. Bevin

I would not like to put my hand on my heart and say that not a single ounce gets into the black market in Greece.

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