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Ethiopia (Famine Relief)

Volume 124: debated on Tuesday 8 December 1987

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8.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he now intends to send Royal Air Force Hecules aircraft to Ethiopia to assist in famine relief operations.

As my hon. Friend the Minister for Overseas Development indicated on 30 November, the United Nations co-ordinator in Ethiopia believes that existing airlift arrangements should be sufficient to meet needs, but we are in daily contact with the United Nations in Addis Ababa and if we are requested to provide assistance through the Royal Air Force we shall consider it as a matter of urgency.