HC Deb 08 November 1954 vol 532 cc834-5
5. Sir R. Acland

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether the British representative at the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly, in voting for the amalgamation of the 12 million dollar programme of the High Commissioner of Refugees with the United Nations Refugee Emergency Fund, made it clear that the United Kingdom would contribute its fair share to the 12 million dollar programme as thus amalgamated.

The Joint Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. R. H. Turton)

In voting for the resolution amalgamating the High Commissioner's scheme for "permanent solutions" with the existing United Nations Refugee Emergency Fund, the United Kingdom delegate made it clear that no further financial support could be promised at the present time.

Sir R. Acland

How is it that when I asked a fortnight ago whether the British Government could take a more generous view towards this fund, I was given in answer the fact of the amalgamation, as if by this voting for amalgamation the British Government were signifying a more generous attitude, whereas in fact it has been as bad as ever?

Mr. Turton

I do not think the hon. Baronet realises that we are leading in our generosity towards these refugee funds. In fact, we have made a contribution to the High Commissioner's Fund of £100,000, and we have a record second only to that of the United States in dealing with the care of refugees.