HC Deb 29 October 1956 vol 558 cc92-3W
61. Mr. Fenner Brockway

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if, in view of the problem of 70,000 refugees who remain in camps in Austria, Greece, Germany, and Italy, Her Majesty's Gov ernment will increase their contribution towards United Nations funds for the resettlement of refugees.

69. Sir F. Medlicott

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what consideration is being given by Her Majesty's Government to the plight of the 70,000 men, women and children still living in the 157 refugee camps in Europe and the even greater number outside the camps who are awaiting settlement ; and if an increased contribution can now be made by this country towards the cost of the United Nations programme for the relief and resettlement of these refugees.

Lord John Hope

Her Majesty's Government contributed £80,000 both in 1955 and in 1956 to the United Nations Refugee Fund. They have also promised in each year to contribute a further £20,000 if the total of Governmental contributions reaches the sum of 325 million dollars. For the reasons given by my hon. Friend in the Adjournment debate on 2nd Angust, Her Majesty's Government are not prepared to increase this contribution.