HC Deb 22 November 1956 vol 560 cc100-1W
56. Mr. P. Noel-Baker

asked the Minister of Education on what grounds the British delegation voted against the budget of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation at its present session in New Delhi.

Sir D. Eccles

The United Kingdom delegation supported the budget proposals put forward by the Director-General of U.N.E.S.C.O. These proposals represented an increase of approximately one million dollars in the amount to be spent over the next two years compared with 1955 and 1956. Her Majesty's Government considered that the Organisation would be well advised to apply a measure of concentration to its activities, but were nevertheless ready to support new developments to the extent envisaged by the Director-General. They did not consider it right to support a resolution produced at short notice proposing a further increase of one million dollars to finance a number of projects which could not be properly examined. Though this resolution was carried by a small majority, there was a large number of abstentions, only 27 countries contributing 15 per cent. of the income of the Organisation voting in support.