Sudan (Famine Relief)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:31 pm on 5th June 1985.

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Photo of Mr Michael Meadowcroft Mr Michael Meadowcroft , Leeds West 3:31 pm, 5th June 1985

I am grateful to the Minister for his response. Does he accept that the House, and people in general, I suspect, will feel that it sounds very much like placing sticking plaster over a gaping human need? Surely much more needs to be done to enable the transportation of food from the east to the affected Darfur region in the west. One aeroplane and a light aircraft available to the voluntary agencies are not nearly enough. Will the Minister assure the House that the resources available are not limited by the existing budget, as with Ethiopia, but will be made available according to need? Otherwise a disaster far greater than that which occurred in Ethiopia will take place in Sudan?