HC Deb 26 June 1961 vol 643 cc13-4W
Sir Richard Glyn

asked the Lord Privy Seal what arrangements are being made to provide Her Majesty's Government's share of the expenses of the United Nations Force in the Congo for 1961.

Mr. Godber

It was not possible at the time of preparation of the main Estimate for 1961–62 to establish a firm estimate of Her Majesty's Government's share of these expenses. Token provision of £10 was therefore taken. A Budget of United States $;100 million was approved by the General Assembly at the resumed 15th Session, which is to cover the expenses of the Force for the period from 1st January to 31st October, 1961. Her Majesty's Government's share of this is $7,706,785. An advance of £2,064,317 is being requested from the Civil Contingencies Fund in order to enable the Foreign Office to make a part payment immediately to the United Nations. Parliament will be asked in due course to vote the total money payable, by means of a Supplementary Estimate, part of which will be used to reimburse the Fund.