§ 94. Mr. T. Reid
asked the Minister of Education how much Britain has contributed to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation; what our annual contribution to it is at present; and on what projects it is now engaged.
§ Mr. Vosper
The total contribution of the United Kingdom to U.N.E.S.C.O. from the time of its foundation in 1945 up to and including 1953–54 was £2,606,962. This sum includes, in the Organisation's Working Capital Fund, a repayable deposit which, at the current rate of exchange, is valued at £118,286. The United Kingdom contribution payable for 1954 was £373,051, and that for 1955 is estimated at about £237,000.
With regard to the last part of the Question, my right hon. Friend is sending the hon. Member a copy of the White Paper in which a Report was presented to Parliament on the seventh session of the General Conference held in Paris at the end of 1952. This Report gives a general account of the programme approved by the Organisation for 1953 and 1954. He proposes to present a similar Report on the eighth session of the Conference which was held in Montevideo last month.