§ Mr. Cormack
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements have been made by Her Majesty's Government for the relief of distress of those individuals whose home, belongings or livelihood have been affected by the disturbances in Northern Ireland since 9th August, 1971.
§ Mr. Maudling
As was announced on 13th August, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland Governments have jointly made available an initial £500,000 for immediate relief and reconstruction in Northern Ireland. This will be additional to payments under existing statutory powers. A widely based Advisory Committee has been established to help with the administration of the scheme. Payments are already being made to those in need.
Arrangements have been made for advances to be made from the Contingencies Fund. A supplementary estimate will be presented to Parliament in due course.