HC Deb 24 July 1947 vol 440 cc1592-3
58. Major Lloyd

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what contributions have been paid by the United Kingdom and the other contributories to the European Central Inland Transport Organisation and whose contributions in any period still remain unpaid.

The Financial Secretary to the Treasury (Mr. Glenvil Hall)

With the hon. and gallant Member's permission, I will circulate this information in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Major Lloyd

While I realise that the information may be of a lengthy character would the Financial Secretary give this assurance? In view of the long continued and all too successful efforts to sabotage this most invaluable international organisation by the deliberate repudiation of their obligations by Soviet Russia and some of her satellites, would the right hon. Gentleman ensure that, in order to safeguard the future of this organisation, which has had to dismiss many hundreds of invaluable employees and is almost made bankrupt, at the next meeting, on 29th July, a public session is held, so that those who have subscribed to this great international organisation may know the reason for its collapse?

Mr. Glenvil Hall

The financial position of this organisation is one of the main items put down on the agenda for the special meeting of the organisation to

ORGANISATION. (Position as at 30th June, 1947).
Estimated Annual Budget £320,000.
Member. Annual Contribution. Percentage of Total. In Arrears 1945–46. Outstanding 1946–47.
£ £ £
Belgium 11,520 3.60 Nil Nil
Czecho-Slovakia 13,984 4.37 Nil Nil
Denmark 1,728 .54 Nil Nil
France 62,496 19.53 Nil Nil
Greece 576 .18 Nil Nil
Luxembourg 384 .12 Nil Nil
Netherlands 11,328 3.54 Nil Nil
Norway 1,152 .36 Nil Nil
Poland 23,008 7.19 Nil 12,947
U.S.S.R 62,496 19.53 20,496 62,496
United Kingdom 62,496 19.53 Nil Nil
U.S.A 62,496 19.53 Nil Nil
Yugoslavia 6,336 1.98 Nil 3,536
320,000 100.00 20,496 78,979
The percentages and amounts are the same for the two financial years 1945-46 and 1946-47. The Organisation's budgetary year runs to 30th September.