HC Deb 09 April 1963 vol 675 cc142-3W
Captain Kerby

asked the Lord Privy Seal what has been the total cost to date to the British taxpayer of United Nations operations in the Congo; and for what further period this expenditure by the United Kingdom will continue.

Mr. Heath

The United Kingdom assessed contributions from 1st July, 1960, until 30th June, 1962, amounted to 18.1 million dollars. In addition the United Kingdom has made voluntary contributions to the Congo operation amounting to 3.16 million dollars and has purchased bonds to the value of 12 million dollars from which the Congo operation has also been financed. The scale and cost of the United Nations operations are being progressively reduced, but I cannot predict what our financial obligation will be.