HC Deb 20 May 1957 vol 570 cc855-6
35. Mr. Blenkinsop

asked the Minister of Health whether he will now recommend that a contribution should be made by Her Majesty's Government to the special fund for malaria eradication established by the World Health Organisation.

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

I have nothing of substance to add to the reply given to the hon. Member by my right hon. Friend the present Minister of Labour and National Service on 14th November, 1955, when he pointed out that provision for malaria eradication is included in the regular budget of the organisation to which the United Kingdom contributes, and that in these circumstances it is not proposed to contribute to the special fund.

Mr. Blenkinsop

Is that not a quite disgraceful reply in view of the fact that it is common knowledge that there is a race with time against this disease because of the growing immunisation of some of the carrier mosquitoes against the new insecticides? Is it not desirable that the very minute funds of the Organisation should not be used up on this project when countries all over the world could be invited to make their contributions? Why cannot we make some modest contribution to this proposal?

Mr. Vaughan-Morgan

That raises much wider issues. The Organisation is held up more by lack of the necessary technical personnel than by anything else.