HC Deb 06 December 1950 vol 482 cc327-8
1. Brigadier Rayner

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many of the permanent staff of the United Nations secretariat are subjects of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, her satellite States or of China; and what proportion that figure is of the whole staff.

The Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Ernest Davies)

On 25th September, 1950, the permanent staff of the United Nations at the New York and overseas offices of the secretariat included 19 citizens of the Soviet Union, 66 from States under her control, and 62 from China. Together this represents 11.4 per cent. of the total staff.

Brigadier Rayner

Is it not, therefore, safe to presume that the Soviet Union has a fairly efficient espionage organisation at Lake Success?

Mr. Davies

The United Nations is an international organisation. It was arranged that there should be reasonable geographical representation among the staff. In actual practice, according to the percentages of the contributions to the budget on which the geographical representation is partly based, the Soviet Union and its satellites are under-represented.