HC Deb 11 February 1953 vol 511 c385
4. Mr. G. M. Thomson

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how much Her Majesty's Government are to subscribe to the United Nations Korean Reconstruction Agency, following the recent appeal made by Mr. Donald Kingsley, the Agent-General of the Agency.

Mr. Nutting

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Leyton (Mr. Sorensen) on 28th January. I have since heard that the Agent-General for Korean Reconstruction is fully satisfied with arrangements regarding the United Kingdom contribution.

Mr. Thomson

Can the Joint Under-Secretary give us an assurance that Her Majesty's Government will, through the United Nations, press this urgent question of reconstruction, which has been badly held up by the military administration in Korea?

Mr. Nutting

We have fulfilled every pledge we have made in relation to the Reconstruction Agency. We have, as the hon. Gentleman will see if he looks at the answer given by my right hon. Friend on 28th January, pledged up to £2,800,000 towards this end.

Mr. Fernyhough

Has the Joint Under-Secretary seen the latest reports, which show an appalling state of affairs in Korea now; and will be give an assurance that the plea that the work of reconstruction should be started immediately will receive the full support of Her Majesty's Government?

Mr. Nutting

Of course the work of reconstruction in Korea will receive the full support of Her Majesty's Government, as indeed the contributions we have made towards that work have amply proved.

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