§ 86. Mr. Dickens
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assistance he is providing to counter the threat of locusts in north and west Africa.
§ Mr. Chris Patten
I have recently agreed to provide £1.3 million of new bilateral aid for a programme to help combat locust infestations in 16 countries of north and west Africa. This support is in addition to some £1.5 million already provided bilaterally and through the European Community.