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Volume 886: debated on Wednesday 19 February 1975

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asked the Minister of Overseas Development what steps she is taking to mitigate the effects of the recent disaster in Mauritius; and what help has already been given.


asked the Minister of Overseas Development what relief aid she is giving to the Mauritius Government and people following the damage suffered from the cyclone which

United Kingdom Milk Production (Million gallons)Butter Imports
'000 tonsc.i.f. value in £m.
July to September 1973739·5047·321·13
October to December 1973666·2866·028·95
January to March 1974653·72120·352·41
April to June 1974854·2284·645·36
July to September 1974727·93104·459·63
October to December 1974645·08138·974·15

passed over Mauritius last week; and if she will make a statement.

In my reply of 17th February I told the hon. Member for Rye (Mr. Irvine) that personnel from the Royal Naval communications station in Mauritius gave immediate assistance. Her Majesty's Government have made a contribution of £10,000 to the Mauritius Government's Cyclone Reconstruction Fund, and my Disaster Unit has despatched medical supplies to the value of £2,000. A Royal Navy frigate, accompanied by its auxiliary vessel, arrived at the island earlier this week to assist further in relief work.When we have had fuller information from the Mauritius Government I shall, of course, be prepared to consider what further help we can give.