HC Deb 18 November 1948 vol 458 cc538-9
7. Commander Maitland

asked the Minister of Education what are the main projects now under consideration by U.N.E.S.C.O.

Mr. Tomlinson

UNESCO, has under discussion or in hand a number of projects designed to achieve two main objects: to help to reconstruct the educational and cultural life of countries devastated by the war and to encourage the free movement of people, material and ideas in the fields of education, science and culture. It is impossible to summarise the practical projects themselves within the limits of a Parliamentary answer, but I am sending the hon. Member a document which sets out this year's programme in detail.

Commander Maitland

As the Minister has pointed out that it is impossible to summarise what is happening in U.N.E.S.C.O., and in view of the very considerable interest taken in the general things which U.N.E.S.C.O. are doing, which are brought out in various papers such as the "Manchester Guardian" and the "National Newsletter," does he not consider that this would form an extremely good subject for a Debate on the Adjournment just before the Recess?

Mr. Tomlinson

I would suggest that the hon. and gallant Gentleman should put that question to the Leader of the House or to Mr. Speaker.

Mr. Eric Fletcher

Is my right hon. Friend satisfied that places like Beirut and Mexico City are the most convenient venues for the furtherance of these projects, and would he use his influence to see that the next conference is held in Europe and that it is more fully reported in this country?

Mr. Tomlinson

I think that if my hon. Friend would read the report of the last conference he would find that we were in a minority of three who objected to going to Beirut. I will certainly do my best to bring all conferences to Europe if I can.

Mr. Keeling

Can the right hon. Gentleman say how much U.N.E.S.C.O. is spending on the study of the influence of altitude on sex?

Mr. Tomlinson

Not without notice.