India (Food Crisis)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 8th February 1966.

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Photo of Mr Anthony Greenwood Mr Anthony Greenwood , Rossendale 12:00 am, 8th February 1966

We have assured the Government of India that we will respond as swiftly and as fully as we can with help in India's present food crisis. As an immediate and interim contribution we have offered an interest-free loan of £7½ million and the Government of India have warmly welcomed our suggestion that this loan should be used towards the foreign exchange costs of shipping emergency supplies of wheat and other food stuffs from Commonwealth countries, the provision of grain handling equipment for Indian ports and the purchase of commodities of immediate value in helping to deal with the emergency, including pesticides, fertilizers and intermediates for the manufacture of vitamin pills.