asked the Minister of Overseas Development to what purpose Common Market shipments of skimmed milk powder are put when exported as food aid; and if she will tabulate such arrangements made in 1973, 1974 and to date in 1975.
Most Community skimmed milk exported as food aid is given for emergency relief or in connection with well-established projects, such as Operation Dairy Flood in India, or through such agencies such as the World Food Programme (WFP). The remainder, about one-fifth, is distributed as aid for development projects and plans. The agencies have efficient methods of distribution and use control, and some recipient Governments have also issued special instructions as to use. Community financed aid programmes in skimmed milk powder from 1973 to date have totalled as follows:
|1973 total—13,000 metric tons.|
|United Arab Republic||450|
|Yemen Arab Republic||300|
|International Red Cross||3,000|
|World Food Programme||20,000|
|1974 total—55,000 metric tons.|
1975 (to date)
From 1974 Reserve
1975 Programme (Part only)
1973: All amounts have been delivered.
1974: The amount for the WFP and some for the IRC have not yet been taken up; and 400 metric tons for Sahelia is still to be delivered.
1975: Only 70 metric tons has been delivered yet, and that by air to Somalia.
Further amounts as under have been committed bilaterally by Her Majesty's Government directly to developing countries and through their regular pledges to the World Food Programme. Similar figures for other member States are not available to me.
|UK Skimmed Milk via WFP:|
|1. Value in £m.||0·19||1·17||1·50|
|2. Estimated tonnage (metric tons)||700||3,500||3,500|
|Somalia (metric tons)||—||—||18|
1973 and 1974: All amounts delivered.
1975: Somalia sent by air; 18 metric tons remain to be delivered to WFP.