HC Deb 19 April 1948 vol 449 cc1438-9
59. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to what extent the International Children's Emergency Fund is affected by the decision to launch the European Reconstruction plan; and whether any portion of the £100,000 granted by His Majesty's Government has yet been allocated.

Mr. McNeil

Under the "International Children's Emergency Fund Assistance Act of 1948" which forms Title 11 of the United States "Foreign Assistance Act of 1948," it is provided in effect that for every 28 dollars contributed to the Children's Fund by Governments not benefitting from the operations of the Fund, the United States Government will contribute 72 dollars, provided that the total sum contributed by the United States shall not exceed 100 million dollars. This most generous offer remains open until the 30th June, 1949. With regard to the second part of the Question, contribution by His Majesty's Government to the Fund will not be granted until the Lord Mayor's Appeal for Children has reached the sum of £500,000.

Mr. Sorensen

Has the right hon. Gentleman any idea as to the time limit for the collection of moneys for the Lord Mayor's Fund; otherwise it might lead to indefinite delay of our part of the contribution?