Oral Answers to Questions — France (Food Situation)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th January 1945.

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Photo of Mr Maurice Petherick Mr Maurice Petherick , Penryn and Falmouth 12:00 am, 17th January 1945

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he can give any information regarding the present food situation in France; what help has hitherto been given by U.N.R.R.A.; and what assistance has been or is being given by His Majesty's Government and/or U.N.R.R.A., in transport equipment particularly.

Photo of Mr Anthony Eden Mr Anthony Eden , Warwick and Leamington

As regards the first part of the Question, I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for War on 5th December to the hon. Member for Northampton (Mr. Summers). With regard to the second part of the Question, the provision of relief supplies and transport equipment for France does not fall upon U.N.R.R.A. This has hitherto been the responsibility of the Supreme Allied Commander, who has provided lorries, railway material and other equipment for both operational and civil purposes. Arrangements have now been made whereby the French Government will be able also to import supplies on their own account.