HC Deb 23 June 1964 vol 697 c49W
Miss Vickers

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations and the Colonies whether Her Majesty's Government will make a contribution to relieve distress caused by the recent storms in West Pakistan.

Mr. Sandys

Violent storms ravaged Hyderabad Division in West Pakistan on 13th–14th June as a result of which at least 250 people were killed and large numbers were rendered homeless. There has also been extensive damage to houses and crops in the region. I am sure that the House will wish to join me in expressing our sincere sympathy to the people of West Pakistan.

As an indication of our sympathy Her Majesty's Government have offered a token gift of £2,500 to be spent on relief items most urgently required.

Parliament will be asked, in due course, to approve a Supplementary Estimate. In the meantime an advance has been made from the Civil Contingencies Fund.

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