asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commowealth Affairs what action he proposes to take in the light of the Court of Auditors report on the European Economic Community for 1983, to ensure that cereals and foodstuffs allocated and committed for delivery to the drought-affected areas of Ethiopia and Sudan are received by those for whom they are intended.
Much has been done since 1983 to improve the procedures for agreeing the Community's annual food aid programme and individual commitments and thus to remove some of the causes of the delays criticised by the Court of Auditors. The Commission have also taken steps to speed up deliveries to the most seriously affected countries. However, I believe the Community could respond more rapidly in emergencies. The Development Council on 23 May will review progress in delivering recent Community food aid commitments to Africa.