HC Deb 30 March 1977 vol 929 cc170-1W
23. Mrs. Renée Short

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what further aid has been requested by the Romanian Government following the earthquake disaster; and what is being supplied by Her Majesty's Government.

Mr. Luard

The Government sent two consignments of medical supplies to Romania immediately after the earthquake. The Government have now earmarked a sum of £100,000 to help Romania rebuild her economy. Some of this is being spent on advice by British experts on the re-establishment of Romania's livestock breeding programmes. Two British seismologists have gone to Bucharest with their instruments at the Government's expense to give advice, and the Government are in close contact with the Romanian authorities about further ways in which the remaining money can be used to the best advantage. In addition, the Export Credits Guarantee Department has decided in principle to make available to the Romanians a special credit line of £10 million on favourable conditions. The Romanians will be able to use this additional credit to place orders with British companies to replace equipment damaged during the earthquake.

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