HC Deb 27 March 1975 vol 889 cc278-9W
Mr. Tomlinson

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether, in view of the emergency smallpox situation in Bangladesh, which threatens the success in the Indian subcontinent of the World Health Organisation's global eradication programme, the Government propose to offer further financial help to this WHO campaign.

Dr. Owen:

The Director-General of the World Health Organisation has appealed for 1.8 million dollars to deal with the situation in Bangladesh. My right hon. Friend the Minister of Overseas Development and I, aware of the importance of the campaign to the world and to this country, propose to contribute a further £150,000 on behalf of the Government, and Supplementary Estimates to cover this will be put forward in due course.

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