HC Deb 26 May 1960 vol 624 cc75-6W
Mr. Greville Howard

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what help has been offered by Her Majesty's Government to the Government of Chile in connection with the recent earthquake.

Mr. Selwyn Lloyd

Her Majesty's Government have learned with deep regret of the destruction and heavy loss of life caused by earthquakes in Chile and by the tidal wave which followed in Japan and over a large area of the Pacific. I know the House will wish to join me in expressing our deep sympathy with all who have suffered in this disaster. Detailed reports are not yet available, but it is already evident that the devastation in Chile has reached disastrous proportions. Her Majesty's Government have therefore decided to offer the Chilean Government a contribution of £10,000 for the relief of the victims. We are consulting them on the most helpful way in which this contribution can be used.

The House will be asked in due course to vote the necessary provision by means of a Supplementary Estimate. In the meantime an advance is being obtained from the Civil Contingencies Fund.

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