§ Mr. St. John-Stevas
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will set up a national fund to aid and victims of the recent floods in Portugal.
§ Mr. William Rodgers
Her Majesty's Ambassador at Lisbon has made clear our readiness to contribute to the relief operations if help is needed. Meanwhile the British Red Cross Society has sent a gift of 1,000 blankets to the Portuguese Red Cross for distribution to the flood victims. Private persons who wish to send donations can do so through the British Red Cross or other voluntary societies here.
In these circumstances the setting up of a national fund does not appear to be required.