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Africa (Famine)

Volume 82: debated on Monday 1 July 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will make a statement on the famine in Africa and how it is being alleviated by British, European and international agencies supported by the United Kingdom.

The famine in Africa continues to be very serious, especially in Ethiopia and the Sudan. Substantial progress in the provision of food has been made, but port-discharge, transport and distribution problems persist in several countries. The United Nations office for emergency operations in Africa is making a concerted effort to overcome those problems. We continue to make a significant contribution from the £60 million of emergency assistance I announced in Geneva in March.