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 Timothy Raison Mr Timothy Raison , Aylesbury 3:31 pm, 5th June 1985

The proposals that I have just announced amount to much more than sticking plaster. The problem is not the overall supply of food—there is a great deal of food available—but distribution. I believe that our aircraft, which will carry high priority supplementary foods, will be of great value. In addition, as I made clear in my reply, we have also galvanised the European Community to get on with the crucial job of ensuring that the railway line to western Sudan is fully operational. As I told the House, that process is already under way.