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Famine Relief

Volume 649: debated on Tuesday 21 November 1961

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if Her Majesty's Government will make a substantial financial contribution to aid the victims of famine in Tanganyika and Kenya and the refugees from Ruanda in Uganda; and if he will arrange for the various appeals for assistance to be channelled through the East African High Commission.

As to Kenya, I have nothing to add to my reply to my hon. Friend the Member for Yarmouth (Mr. Fell) on 16th November.I have not been asked to assist the Uganda Government in providing assistance to the refugees who recently arrived there from Ruanda. I should have to consider any request of this kind against the background of Uganda's general budgetary position.In Tanganyika we have been asked for £1 million to relieve the burden on Tanganyika's finances arising from the cost of food distribution and relief works. In view of the substantial aid already promised to Tanganyika I regret that I cannot meet this request.With regard to the second part of the Question, such a procedure would not in my view be appropriate since authorities other than the East Africa High Commission are responsible for the matters referred to.