HC Deb 08 April 1963 vol 675 cc101-2W
72. Mr. E L. Mallalieu

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether the Working Group of Twenty-One, established by the General Assembly of the United Nations to consider the United Nations' finances in the light of the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice, has yet issued its report; and what are its recommendations.

Mr. P. Thomas

A copy of the report of the Working Group of Twenty-One is available in the Library of the House. Although the report reflects broad agreement on some general principles, the Working Group was unable to put forward any agreed recommendation.

73. Mr. E. L. Mallalieu

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he will put forward proposals at the United Nations which would make a beginning towards giving the United Nations some source of revenue independent of Government contributions.

Mr. P. Thomas

No. Her Majesty's Government believe that all members of the United Nations have a collective responsibility to finance the activities of the Organisation and they would not favour any proposals which would tend to relieve members of the financial consequences of their decisions.