HC Deb 26 July 1961 vol 645 cc59-61W
Dr. King

asked the Lord Privy Seal what action he has taken in furtherance of Resolution (61) 9 of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, which invited member Governments to

mated figures for 1960–61 are shown since finally audited accounts are not yet available, but in any case the final figures will not exceed the amounts shown. Aid received by foreign Governments from international organisations to which Her Majesty's Government make substantial contributions, grants made to or through regional organisations such as the Colombo Plan, the Central Treaty Organisation and the South-East Asia Treaty Organisation, and other technical assistance expenditure are not included.

Part II of the table shows loans made to foreign countries under Section III of the Export Guarantees Act (1949) as since amended for the years 1958–59, 1959–60, 1960–61 and the first quarter of 1961–62. Under existing commitments further expenditure is liable to be incurred in the current financial year under loans already granted to Yugoslavia and Chile.

consider the question of tax relief for gifts and bequests to the European Cultural Fund and the European Cultural Foundation.

Mr. P. Thomas

A company, to be called The European Cultural Fund (U.K.), limited by guarantee, is in course of incorporation, the object of which will be to pay contributions from various sources in the United Kingdom to the Cultural Fund of the Council of Europe and the European Cultural Foundation. The question whether this company will be entitled to tax relief as a charitable body under existing legislation is at present being considered by the Charity Commission. Until this has been settled, no further action is possible.