§ Mr. John Fraser
asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he wil seek to raise in the United Nations and within the European Economic Community the need for the urgent delivery of aid to Somalia promised by those organisations.
§ Mr. Neil Marten
We are not aware of any abnormal delay in delivery of aid promised by the European Community or by United Nations agencies; the role of the latter is mainly a co-ordinating one. Those concerned are well aware of the seriousness of the situation and emergency aid has been provided swiftly. The provision of normal food aid takes longer but the European Community has in fact, been shipping substantial supplies to Somalia since the beginning of this year and further supplies are being sent in the immediate future. The Commission has made proposals, which Her Majesty's Government have strongly supported, for improving the management of European Community food aid but some member States are net yet able to accept the proposals. Local distribution difficulties which also cause delays are being overcome by the relief agencies.