§ Mr. Wigley
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much aid was given by the United Kingdom to relieve suffering in the Tigre area of Ethiopia in 1982–83; how much of this was channelled through the Ethiopian Government and how much through the Relief Society of Tigre; and what is the Government's intention for the current financial year on this matter.
§ Mr. Raison
No relief aid was given in 1982–83 specifically for Tigre province and none is planned for 1983–84. But I have approved contributions in recent weeks totalling £400,575 in response to appeals from several relief organisations and £325,575 of this is going to British voluntary agencies to be used at their discretion for relief work in Wollo, Gondor, Eritrea and Tigre province for those displaced by the drought.