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Italy And Yugoslavia (Relief Supplies)

Volume 411: debated on Wednesday 6 June 1945

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asked the Secretary of State for War what were the total amounts of relief supplies for the use of the civilian population delivered from Allied military sources to Italy and Yugoslavia, respectively, during the 12 months ended 31st March, 1945; what additional supplies were in either case delivered through U.N.R.R.A.; on what scale further deliveries are contemplated; and whether everything possible will be done to help the civilian population of Yugoslavia, which has suffered acutely and served the anti-Fascist cause well.

The total quantities of civil supplies shipped to Italy and Yugoslavia by the combined military authorities and by U.N.R.R.A. for the 12 months ended 31st March, 1945, are as follows:

Military.U.N.R.R.A.
Italy903,395tons5,000 tons{ Since December 1944 only.
Yugoslavia38,538 tonsNil
(plus 614 vehicles)

Note.—(i) These figures exclude coal which is imported for both military and civil needs.

(ii) U.N.R.R.A. supplies to Italy are for expectant and nursing mothers, children and displaced persons only.

(iii) The introduction of relief supplies into Yugoslavia did not become effectively possible until the early months of this year.

For the future it has been planned that relief supplies will be imported to meet the needs of these countries, but the quantities imported will depend on various factors, including the improvement of means of transportation, port capacity, shipping and the like. As regards Yugoslavia, shipment of supplies through military channels ends at 30th June, when U.N.R.R.A. assume responsibility. Since April shipments through military channels have been on U.N.R.R.A.'s account.