HC Deb 19 December 1945 vol 417 cc1475-6W
Mr. Chamberlain

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what agencies or depots are available for the transmission of old warm clothing and footwear to inhabitants of countries in Northern and South-Eastern Europe; and whether he will call public attention to these agencies or depots and to the great and immediate need for such articles.

Mr. Noel-Baker

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for this opportunity of explaining the machinery which exists for enabling the charitable public to give second-hand clothing and footwear for the relief of the inhabitants of Northern and South-Eastern Europe. There are a number of British Societies which receive second-hand clothing and footwear and despatch it abroad. In countries where U.N.R.R.A. is operating, the despatch and distribution of the clothing is carried out by that administration. Persons who desire to know the nearest address to which clothing can be sent, and who want other information, should write to the Secretary, Council of British Societies for Relief Abroad, 75, Victoria Street, London, S.W.1.

Mr. Stokes

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to what address persons wishing to send clothing for general relief in Europe, through U.N.R.R.A., should deliver their parcels.

Mr. McNeil

Under existing arrangements gifts of clothing for general relief in Europe in countries where U.N.R.R.A. is operating are normally sent to U.N.R.R.A., c/o L.E.P. Transport Limited, either at that company's head office, Sunlight Wharf, Upper Thames Street, London, E.C.4, or at any of its branches established in most large towns in the British Isles.