§ Q38. Mr. Greenway
asked the Prime Minister if she will make a statement on the latest position on the provision of food and medical aid by the European Economic Community to Poland.
§ The Prime Minister
The Community is already making available some £1.2 million to a number of nongovernmental organisations to help with supplies of essential foods and medicines. On 26 January the Foreign Affairs Council decided also to use part of or all the funds originally earmarked for specially subsidised food sales to Poland, which have now been discontinued, for humanitarian aid including food in the form of gifts. This will be channelled through non-governmental agencies to ensure that supplies reach those Polish people most in need. The amount to be provided for this purpose has still to be decided and will depend on the capacity of the agencies concerned.