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Famine Relief

Volume 650: debated on Thursday 30 November 1961

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what consultations he has had with regard to the famine in Tanganyika; and what assistance his Department will afford.

Indirect requests for assistance have been made to my right hon. Friend, and in this respect I have nothing to add to his reply to the hon. Member for Cardiff, South-East (Mr. Callaghan) on 21st November. A new request has just been received from the Tanganyika Government for a grant of £300,000 to meet the cost of distributing free food in famine areas, and this is being examined in the light of the circumstances referred to in that reply.

Is the Under-Secretary of State aware that there is disappointment among hon. Members on both sides of the House who asked his right hon. Friend the other day to consider making a grant to Tanganyika? I hope we shall not forget that it is a country about to achieve its independence? Would it not be a fine gesture to help Tanganyika to overcome this tragedy before the country becomes independent? May I hope that this appeal will be listened to with greater favour than was the last appeal?