§ Mr. Hooley
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what response has been made by the United Kingdom to the appeals by the Commissioner-General of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for $39 million to cover the immediate needs of Palestinian refugees as a result of the fighting in the Lebanon.
§ Mr. Neil Marten
The ODA's disaster unit has recently provided assistance in cash and in kind as follows:
£* UNRWA: 8,000 blankets 51,300 150 tents 35,600 Air freight 28,000 Oxfam blankets 30,000 ICRC: Medical supplies and kits 38,000 3 Landrover Estate cars for Medical teams 19,700 Lebanon Red Cross: Cash grant 10,000 Air freight of tents, blankets etc. donated by UNDRO, UNICEF and Swiss Government 30,000 214,600 * Except for cash grant, figures are approximate.
This is additional to the United Kingdom's contribution of £4 million cash and £1 million food aid to the 1982 general programme of UNRWA.
Furthermore, European Community emergency aid to the Lebanon amounting to some £5,230,000–9,338,000 ECU's—has been agreed or is under consideration. A portion has already been channelled through the international agencies. The United Kingdom's share of this will average about 20 per cent.