To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Rugby and Kenilworth of 27 April, Official Report, column 372, about Community support for Poland, if he will detail the specific measures which have been put in place by the Community to help Poland.
In order to support the political and economic reforms in Poland, the European Community has: removed/suspended all quantitative restrictions on Polish imports to the Community; donated £117 million of free food to Poland; granted generalised scheme of preferences status and reduced some associated tariffs/ levies on Polish imports; approved £210 million for structural project aid expenditure on agriculture, environment and training in Poland and Hungary in 1990; granted a £750 million lending facility with the European investment bank.The establishment of the European Training Foundation, the TEMPUS student exchange programme and the European bank for reconstruction and development will also benefit Poland.
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his reply to the hon. Member for Rugby and Kenilworth of 27 April, Official Report, column 372, over what period the £117 million of free food has been provided to Poland; and what plans exist for further shipments of such food over the course of the next 12 months.
In the period August 1989 to March 1990, £117 million of food was delivered by the European Community to Poland. The Polish Government have not requested any further food aid.