HC Deb 11 June 1947 vol 438 cc1046-7
10. Sir Ralph Glyn

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what is the estimated annual cost of the British delegation to U.N.O.; and whether the special cost-of-living allowances to members of the secretariat have been revised to meet the increased expenses they have now to meet in the U.S.A.

Mr. Bevin

The estimated annual expenditure of the permanent United Kingdom Delegation to the United Nations is £214,000. This includes salaries and allowances of staff payable by the Foreign Office, in addition to those paid by the Service Departments, and includes also the cost of rent, telephones and telegrams, etc. It does not include provision for certain high ranking officers who also serve with the Military Mission in Washington. The allowances of the senior member of the Foreign Office staff of the United Kingdom Delegation are at present under consideration; those of the subordinate staffs were revised last year. His Majesty's Government are not responsible for the salaries and allowances of the Secretariat of the United Nations. It is understood, however, that the new scales of Cost-of-Living Allowances were instituted from January 1st, 1947, for certain categories of the United Nations staff. The whole question of salaries and allowances is under consideration by the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Mr. Henry Usborne

Does the figure which my right hon. Friend gave us include the cost of special conferences, such as the one recently held at Moscow? If not, can he tell us how much that conference cost?

Mr. Bevin

No, Sir. That is nit the Question on the Order Paper, and I would ask my hon. Friend to put down a separate Question. This one deals with U.N.O.

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