HC Deb 28 November 1979 vol 974 cc702-3W
56. Mr. John Home Robertson

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he is satisfied with progress in providing relief assistance to Kampuchea through the United Nations and other agencies.

64. Mr. Soley

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will make a statement on the progress made in providing aid for Kampuchea.

Mr. Ridley

There has been some progress, but despite the efforts of the relief agencies, the scale of the problem remains daunting. Transport is short. Furthermore, limitations imposed by the Vietnamese and the "authorities" in Phnom Penh on the number of personnel the relief agencies can station in Phnom Penh and Kompong Som have been a major constraint on the relief programme.

60. Mr. van Straubenzee

asked the Lord Privy Seal what is the value of food aid given so far in 1979 (a) by Great Britain directly and (b) being Great Britain's share of EEC aid, to Kampuchea.

Mr. Ridley

The United Kingdom has so far spent £750,000 on bilateral food aid to Kampuchea, from the £1 million allocated. The balance may be required for transport costs. In addition, our contribution of £483,325 to British voluntary organisations may be used in part for food aid.

The Community has committed £4.6 million specifically for food aid, of which the United Kingdom share will be £0.9 million; and a further £15.4 million for relief supplies which may include food, of which the United Kingdom share will be £2.9 million. We do not yet know how much has been spent.

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