Oral Answers to Questions — Greece (Food Supplies).

– in the House of Commons on 9th June 1942.

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

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Economic Warfare whether any progress has been made in arrangements for the supply of food to the Greek islands; and whether the Turkish Government will continue the valuable assistance it has already given in the supply of food to the starving population?

Photo of Mr Dingle Foot Mr Dingle Foot , Dundee

No reply has yet been received to the proposal by His Majesty's Government that the Aegean Islands should be included in the Swedish scheme of food relief. We are, however, endeavouring to arrange for a ship-load of foodstuffs from Turkey to be sent to the Islands, and to be distributed there under neutral supervision. As regards the second part of the Question, the s.s. "Dulumpinar" was expected to sail last week from Istanbul with a cargo of foodstuffs for the Greek mainland. How far it will be possible to continue this form of assistance is a matter for the Turkish Government to decide, in the light of Turkey's own requirements.

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

May we take it that if the Turkish Government had not taken this generous step thousands of lives would probably have been lost? Will His Majesty's Government continue their efforts to get some solution?

Photo of Mr Dingle Foot Mr Dingle Foot , Dundee

We certainly ought to express our appreciation of the practical sympathy shown in this matter by the Turkish Government.