§ Mr. Judd
asked the Minister of Overseas Development what information he has about the needs of the population in the Bihar and Uttar Pradesh regions of India resulting from famine and starvation; and whether his Department has at its disposal funds which could be utilised as a special relief grant.
§ Mr. Bottomley
I am kept closely informed about the food situation in116W India and am aware that there are at the present time serious shortages of food grains in certain areas, especially in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. My aim, in consultation with my right hon. Friend, the Commonwealth Secretary, has been to make the aid we can give suit India's total needs, including these special needs arising from adverse weather conditions.