Greece (Food Supplies).

Oral Answers to Questions — Economic Warfare. – in the House of Commons on 24th February 1942.

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Photo of Mr Thomas Harvey Mr Thomas Harvey , Combined English Universities

asked the Minister of Economic Warfare whether he can report any progress as regards the efforts being made by His Majesty's Government to secure the necessary safe conduct for the supply of a cargo-load of wheat for the relief of starvation in Greece; and whether he will give the latest information available as to the extent and seriousness of the suffering amongst the civilian population of Greece?

Photo of Mr Campbell Stephen Mr Campbell Stephen , Glasgow Camlachie

asked the Minister of Economic Warfare what is now the position with regard to the help to the starving people in Greece?

Photo of Mr Dingle Foot Mr Dingle Foot , Dundee

A safe-conduct for the ship carrying a cargo of wheat to Greece has now been received from the German Government. We have not yet had a reply from the Italian Government, though i understand that their decision may be expected shortly. As regards the suffering amongst the Greek population, I made a very full statement to the House on 10th February, and I am afraid that subsequent information has only served to confirm what I then said.

Photo of Mr Thomas Harvey Mr Thomas Harvey , Combined English Universities

May we take it that this ship will be followed by others, if the arrangements prove satisfactory?

Photo of Mr Dingle Foot Mr Dingle Foot , Dundee

My right hon. Friend who is now President of the Board of Trade announced last week that the Government are considering whether any further relief can be sent to Greece, and I hope that a statement will be made before long.

Photo of Miss Eleanor Rathbone Miss Eleanor Rathbone , Combined English Universities

Have the German Government been asked to give any further concessions in regard to food ships to Greece? Does the concession relate to this particular ship only, because one ship will not go very tar in meeting the needs of the Greek people?

Photo of Mr Dingle Foot Mr Dingle Foot , Dundee

My answer refers to the safe conduct for a particular ship.

Photo of Sir Granville Gibson Sir Granville Gibson , Pudsey and Otley

Has any assurance been received that the cargo will not be taken over by the Germans?

Photo of Mr Dingle Foot Mr Dingle Foot , Dundee

My right hon. Friend stated a fortnight ago that we had not received any general assurance, nor should we rely on one if we had.

Photo of Mr William Leach Mr William Leach , Bradford Central

Has the Parliamentary Secretary considered the danger to ourselves in continuing this otherwise quite good work?