HC Deb 25 January 1957 vol 563 cc83-4W
Mr. N. Nicolson

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what contributions Her Majesty's Government made during 1956 to the United Nations, its subsidiary and voluntary funds, and to the Specialised Agencies; and what proportion these contributions bore to the respective total budgets.

Mr. Ian Harvey

The contributions of the United Kingdom to the United Nations, its Specialised Agencies and voluntary relief funds, for the calendar year 1956, are shown in the following table. Contributions to the United Nations and the major Specialised Agencies are assessed on the principle of capacity to pay, based on national income. Contributions to Extended Technical Assistance Programme and to the relief funds are entirely at the discretion of contributing Governments.

(1) (2) (3)
Organisation U.K. Contribution Percentage of total
£ %
United Nations 1,261,000 8.55
International Labour Organisation 245,000 10.60
Food and Agriculture Organisation 251,000 10.87
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation 299,000 7.96
International Civil Aviation Organisation 100,000 10.46
Universal Postal Union 4,000 2.73
World Health Organisation 386,000 1.02
International Telecommunications Union 34,000 4.88
World Meteorological Organisation 8,000 5.79
Expanded Technical Assistance Programme 800,000 7.97
United Nations Children's Emergency Fund 200,000 3.29
United Nations Refugee Fund 100,000 6.66*
United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees l,965,000† 23.00
* Provisional figures.
† For financial year 1st July, 1955, to 30th June, 1956.