HC Deb 27 June 1962 vol 661 c153W
Mr. Goodhew

asked the Lord Privy Seal what request for help in dealing with an invasion of locusts has been received from the Iranian Government; and what action has been taken.

Mr. Godber

In response to an urgent request from the Iranian Government, Her Majesty's Government have undertaken the transport by air of nearly 19 tons of anti-locust insecticide ordered by the Iranian Government from this country. The locust invasion in Southern Iran has been particularly severe this summer; and since prompt counter measures against the locusts are essential, the airlift was arranged without delay during the Whitsun Recess. The cost of chartering civil aircraft was £9,900. Parliament will in due course be asked to vote that amount by means of a Supplementary Estimate. In the meantime an advance will be obtained from the Civil Contingencies Fund.

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