HC Deb 20 November 1950 vol 481 cc2-3W
Major Lloyd

asked the Minister of Food what benefits to the food supply of this country are accruing from the activities of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations; who are the British representatives on this body; and what are their functions.

Mr. Webb

The Organisation aims at improving standards of living and nutrition and at promoting an expanding and efficient agricultural economy in all member countries by such means as the exchange of information about agricultural conditions and developments and the provision of technical assistance. As the largest importer in the world of foodstuffs and other agricultural products, the United Kingdom is vitally interested in these objectives. The Organisation's staff is not composed of representatives of member Governments, but United Kingdom officials (or experts from outside Government service) attend as necessary, conferences and other meetings arranged by the Organisation.