HC Deb 02 March 1964 vol 690 cc156-7W
58. Mr. Mayhew

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement on the assistance given to refugees from Rwanda by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees; and what help has been given to the High Commissioner by Her Majesty's Government.

Mr. R. A. Butler

Since 1962 the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has invested more than £360,000 in international funds to help finance settlements for 132,000 Rwanda refugees in Burundi, the Kivu Province of the Congo, Tanganyika and Uganda.

As a result of recent events in Rwanda, a further 4,000 new refugees have arrived in Burundi and a further 8,000 in Uganda. The High Commissioner's Executive Committee decided on 29th January to allocate £35,000 for the immediate relief of these new refugees. The High Commissioner has been assured of Her Majesty's Government's support in his efforts to relieve and resettle these unfortunate people. During 1962 and 1963, his contribution to their relief formed part of a total budget of £4.2 million, towards which Her Majesty's Government paid £300,000.