As I informed the House on 19th May, this scheme could not be carried into effect until satisfactory assurances were received from the Axis Governments, free from all ambiguity, that the conditions of the scheme would be observed. These were not forthcoming for a considerable time. Meanwhile the despatch of five ships containing approximately 20,000 tons of wheat or flour was allowed as an emergency measure. We have now, however, been assured by the Swedish Government that the conditions are accepted, and accordingly the first three ships to be employed for this purpose left Swedish water yesterday for Canada, where they will take on cargoes of wheat provided by the Canadian Government. As regards the Aegean Islands, a shipment of approximately 660 tons of foodstuffs was sent from Turkey during June. We have also offered to make available, and send via Turkey, 1,000 tons of wheat or flour. This proposal was put forward over three weeks ago, but the Italian Government have not yet replied to the request for a safe-conduct for the ss. "Hallaren" which is to carry this cargo.