HC Deb 04 February 1963 vol 671 cc7-8W
66. Dr. D. Johnson

asked the Lord Privy Seal what has been the outcome of the discussions, concerning the United Nations Organisation chain of command and control of troops in the Congo, which the United Kingdom Mission in New York has had with the Secretariat.

Mr. P. Thomas

Following the recent occupation of Jadotville, the United Nations stated that this had been due to a breakdown in communications. Dr. Ralph Bunche, after a visit to the Congo to investigate the situation, concluded that the breakdown resulted from a serious mal-functioning of the machinery of inter-communication. The Secretary-General has stated that he intends to take immediate steps with a view to improving communication and co-ordination.

75. Sir W. Teeling

asked the Lord Privy Seal if, in view of the Congolese Government's refusal of the United Kingdom's offer of financial aid and the lack of police co-operation in defending the United Kingdom Embassy in Leopoldville when attacked, and the unwillingness of the United Nations Organisation to accept United Kingdom advice in regard to policy in Katanga, he will for the time being suspend payment to the United Nations Organisation of the sums normally contributed by the United Kingdom to the United Nations Organisation's expenses in the Congo and equally the amount paid normally to the United Nations Organisation which is being passed on indirectly to the Congo.

Mr. P. Thomas

There has been no assessment of United Nations member governments for the cost of operations in the Congo since June, 1962. The question of suspending Her Majesty's Government's contribution does not therefore arise. The only United Nations funds available to the Congo Government are the United Nations Fund for the Congo, to which Her Majesty's Government contributed $3 million in 1960; and the United Nations global technical assistance funds. It is not open to contributors to the latter to specify what country shall or shall not benefit from their contributions.