HC Deb 03 July 1973 vol 859 c51W
7. Mr. Cronin

asked the Minister of State for Defence what assistance is being provided by the Royal Air Force air mobility forces to Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad and the other countries south of the Sahara, which are at present affected by famine.

Mr. Kershaw

A Royal Air Force reconnaissance team arrived in the Ivory Coast on 22nd June to assess the situation. Members of the team returned at midday today and I have had the advantage of consulting them. It seems that an airlift, using three Hercules C-130 aircraft, could usefully be employed, and plans are proceeding.

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