HC Deb 15 July 1985 vol 83 c20W
Mr. Pike

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is his most recent assessment of the priority objectives for food aid and its distribution in the drought-affected countries of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Mr. Raison

Priority in the use of food aid should be given to direct famine relief. We are concentrating our bilateral food aid on those countries in Africa most seriously affected by famine, and have urged the European Community to do the same. It is also vital to get food from the ports to the people who need it and we are playing our part together with other aid donors in providing urgent assistance for this operation.