HC Deb 03 December 1984 vol 69 c15W
Mr. Baldry

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on recent meetings of the Council of Development Ministers in Brussels.

Mr. Raison

The Council of Development Ministers met on 6 November 1984 in Brussels. At the United Kingdom's request, the main topic of discussion was the Community response to the famine in Ethiopia and other African countries. The Council endorsed an addition of 32 million ecu (£19 million) to the Community aid budget for this purpose. I urged early agreement on the Community's 1985 food aid programme and concentration of food aid on emergency needs.

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