§ Mr. Atkinson
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will propose to his European Community counterparts the lifting of regulations on the export of powdered milk and rice and other food aid to Romania on humanitarian grounds as a matter of urgency; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Maude
Since the revolution in Romania, the European Community has responded speedily to requests for emergency food and medical aid. On 29 December the Commission announced and began deliveries of emergency food aid. So far £4.6 million has been allocated by the Commission for food and medical aid. The Commission is urgently considering a request by the Romanian Government for a large quantity of food aid and is expected to make a proposal after Vice-President Andriessen has visited Bucharest. There are no regulations which prevent the export of powdered milk, rice and other food supplies to Romania.