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Volume 181: debated on Monday 26 November 1990

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he intends to make an award for humanitarian aid to the people of Bulgaria.

We are contributing to humanitarian aid for Bulgaria through the European Community's PHARE aid programme.The European Community has recently approved a maternal and child health care support programme for Bulgaria worth approximately £3·5 million. We have encouraged the Commission to consider urgently Bulgarian requests for food assistance. These will be discussed during the meeting of the EC-Bulgaria joint commission on 30 November.