HC Deb 04 July 1973 vol 859 cc508-9
4. Mr. Dormand

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs who will represent the Government at the conference to be held as part of the World Population Year 1974.

Mr. Amery

A decision on the composition of the United Kingdom delegation will be made in due course.

Mr. Dormand

I wish the delegation well, but when it is appointed at this important conference will it not be placed in an embarrassing position, because the Government are refusing to adopt a population policy for this country, even when one is so necessary? May I further ask the right hon. Gentleman whether the Government will be offering greater assistance for the solution of the world's population programme than the present totally inadequate amount that they give? If not, in what way do the Government hope to make an impact at the conference?

Mr. Amery

My right hon. Friend the Lord President of the Council said—on, I think, 21st May—that the Government considered that time should be allowed for public opinion to crystallise before announcing their conclusions on the recommendations of the Population Panel.