§ 33. Mr. Sorensen
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what report he has had from the United Kingdom representative on the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation in respect of a plan to abolish malnutrition in the Mediterranean region; and if that plan will receive the full support of Her Majesty's Government.
§ Mr. R. Allan
The Mediterannean Development Project of the Food and Agriculture Organisation was discussed by Commission I of the Tenth F.A.O. Conference on 11th November. The project received general support, including that of Her Majesty's Government. The draft report to the Plenary Meeting is still under discussion.
§ Mr. Sorensen
While expressing appreciation of the assurance that Her Majesty's Government are supporting this project, may I ask whether the hon. Gentleman is aware that in fact the assertion is that under this project malnutrition can be abolished within fifteen years? May we take it that Her Majesty's Government will financially support the project when it is in operation?
§ Mr. P. Noel-Baker
May I press the Joint Under-Secretary on the fact that this report is really of vast importance to the Mediterranean countries? It has been prepared over a long period of time with the greatest possible care. Cannot he say that the Government will support any international plan for adequate loans and carry out the plan when it is agreed to?