§ 75. Ms. Primarolo
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the drought situation in Angola.344W
§ Mrs. Chalker
There are reports that during late March and early April late season rains have fallen in southern Angola, which is the worst affected area. We continue to monitor the situation, although this is not easy given the difficulties of internal travel in Angola. The European Community has provided £11.9 million in food aid since 1988, the United Kingdom share of which is £2.3 million. We have allocated £1.25 million in all in emergency aid bilaterally over the same period, including most recently a grant to the world food programme to provide secure storage facilities for emergency food aid in the Angolan port of Namibe.
I am considering urgently our response to the 10 May appeal by the United Nations Secretary General.