HC Deb 27 July 1982 vol 28 c488W
Mr. David Watkins

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what has been the response of Her Majesty's Government to the appeal of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency to Governments for funds to meet the immediate needs of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon arising from fighting in that country.

Mr. Neil Marten

The ODA's disaster unit has recently provided assistance in cash and in kind as follows:

8,000 Blankets 51,300
150 Tents 35,600
Airfreight 28,000 OXFAM Blankets 30,000
Medical Supplies and Kits 38,000
3 Land Rover Estate Cars for Medical Teams 19,700
Lebanon Red Cross: Cash Grant 10,000
Airfreight of Tents, Blankets etc donated by UNDRO, UNICEF and Swiss Government 30,000
Total 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 £5,460,000–9,738,000 ECUs—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.