HC Deb 10 July 1952 vol 503 cc1512-3
53. Mr. Lewis

asked the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the object and purpose of the Treasury grant to the Inter-Parliamentary Union; and what action he takes to see that the money granted is used in accordance with the objectives and purposes stated.

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

To help the United Kingdom branch to play its part as a member of the Union in its work of promoting personal contacts and discussion between members of different Parliaments.

As regards the second part of the Question, the branch's accounts are open to inspection by the Comptroller and Auditor General.

Mr. Lewis

Have the Treasury any representatives on the executive committee to see that whatever undertakings are carried out by the Inter-Parliamentary Union the position is such that Members from each side of the House get equal opportunities?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

I very much doubt whether that is a matter for Her Majesty's Treasury, but in any event it does not arise out of this Question.

Mr. H. Hynd

Is not the best way for Members to get fair opportunities in the Inter-Parliamentary Union to attend the meetings of the Union and take a full part in its affairs?

Mr. Boyd-Carpenter

Yes, Sir.