HC Deb 25 January 1955 vol 536 c18W
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.