Famine (Sub-Saharan Africa)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 7:12 pm on 30th January 1991.

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Photo of Mr James Lester Mr James Lester , Broxtowe 7:12 pm, 30th January 1991

I am following the gist of the hon. Lady's argument, but I find it hard to reconcile what she is saying with what the Minister said in Addis Ababa when announcing £8·75 million for immediate—immediate—food into Massawa. We all know that Massawa is in rebel hands. Therefore, the food will be shared between Government people in Asmara and the others in Eritrea. It can hardly be the case that we are denying people in Eritrea the food that they need, because part of the agreement to use Massawa as a port to bring food to the area means that it is shared between both sides, and it is immediate.