Since August 1981 over 40,000 blankets costing about £150,000 have been bought from British aid funds for disaster victims.
In addition, our cash donations to various disaster appeals will have been used in some cases to buy blankets. We have also supplied some blankets within other aid projects, but no central record is kept on these.
I shall continue to supply blankets whenever this is a useful part of our disaster relief work.
I am sure that my right hon. Friend is aware of the tragedy that is enveloping Ethiopia once again. Will he assure the House that it is much upon this country's conscience to do what it can to help? If this country and other relatively prosperous countries do not help, hundreds of thousands of people will starve yet again.