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Famine Relief

Volume 76: debated on Monday 1 April 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much of the total sum to date made available by Her Majesty's Government for famine relief measures for Africa has been paid by the contingency reserve in the Estimates for 1984–85; what sums have been made available from other sources; and what was the balance in the contingency reserve on 31 March.

I expect spending in 1984–85 on famine relief measures for Africa to be funded as follows:

£ million£ million
Contingency reserve allocations17
Food aid national actions and European development fund allocations27
Reallocations from slippage elsewhere in the aid programme10
Total from within voted aid funds54
United Kingdom share of allocations from EC budgetised aid (non-voted)35
Cost to Ministry of Defence of RAF Hercules operation in Ethiopia*6
* The extra costs of mounting operation Bushel are currently estimated at up to £1·5 million per month. As an exceptional case, MoD agreed to bear the costs for the first three months of the deployment (to the beginning of February 1985). Since then the costs have been shared equally between MoD and ODA.
There were no funds remaining in the aid programme contingency reserve on 31 March 1985.