HC Deb 23 October 1972 vol 843 c167W
Mr. Dalyell

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what aid has been given in the last six months to Bangladesh.

Mr. Wood

In the last six months the British Government have pledged £9 million for relief in Bangladesh. This brings the total relief contribution to £12 million, and is in addition to the loans of £4.8 million which were signed last February. We are also providing two helicopters for relief operations, and we have chartered a helicopter, which is now operating in Bangladesh and which will remain there until the first helicopter is delivered. We have provided a further £100,000 to the International Committee of the Red Cross to assist it in its operations in the whole of the sub-continent.

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