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Africa (Food Supplies)

Volume 82: debated on Monday 1 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what study his Department has made of the possible use of the developing generation of British airships for the delivery of emergency food supplies to the destitute areas of Africa; and if he will make a statement.

We are following progress in this field, but at present relative payloads, cost and operating difficulties would appear to make airships less attractive than aircraft for emergency relief operations.