HC Deb 11 July 1985 vol 82 cc499-500W
Mr. Teddy Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what further information emerged from the EEC co-ordination meeting on 8 July in Brussels regarding the actual amount of food aid sent to the drought stricken nations of northern and east Africa in pursuance of the food aid commitment made at the Dublin summit.

Mr. Raison

The European Commission reported that 43 per cent. of the 1.2 million tonnes of cereals or cereal equivalent pledged at the European Council in December 1984 had been delivered to the African countries most severely affected by drought, and that a further 34 per cent. was now being mobilised.

The following information was provided on deliveries to each of the countries of the Sahel and East Africa:

Tonnes of cereals or cereal equivalent
Community Member States Total
Ethiopia 81,500 *65,000 146,500
Sudan 85,500 82,500 168,000
Chad *20,000 30,000 50,000
Mali *28,500 12,000 40,500
Mauritania 6,200 6,200
Niger 29,500 32,500 62,000
* Figures are lower than those given to my hon. Friend the Member for Hertford and Stortford (Mr. Wells) on 6 June, at columns 198–99, or to my hon. Friend the Member for Southend, East (Mr. Taylor) on 5 July. This reflects previous over-reporting of deliveries effected.