§ Mr. Corbyn
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what aid has been offered to the refugee camps in Beirut since 1 January.
§ Mr. Eggar
Most British aid goes through the European Community to which we contribute 20 per cent. Since January this has included a commitment of £650,000 for emergency medical assistance for the camps in Lebanon. The Community is considering a further allocation of some £2 million in response to appeals from various international agencies.
We are also urgently considering our own response to appeals from the United Nations Relief and Works Agency and the International Committee of the Red Cross for their 1987 programmes in Lebanon including emergency operations in the camps.