HC Deb 19 January 1965 vol 705 cc32-4W
Mr. Longden

asked the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs if he will give a list of those members of the United Nations Organisation which are in arrears with their contributions towards the cost of O.N.U.C. and U.N.E.F., respectively, at the nearest convenient date.

Mr. George Thomson

On 30th November there were 61 states in arrears with their contributions to the United Nations Operation in the Congo and 51 in arrears with their contributions to the United Nations Emergency Force. Details are contained in General Assembly document A/5822 of 30th November, 1964, copies of which are available in the Library of the House.

The hon. Member will be aware that a member state does not become liable to Article 19 of the United Nations Charter unless its total arrears equal or exceed the amount of the contributions due from it for the preceding two full years.

Mr. Longden

asked the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs what contributions

£'000 Per cent. Total
United Nations Regular Budget 2,200 7.58
Special Accounts
Middle East Operation (U.N.E.F.) 550 9.3
Congo Operation (O.N.U.C.) 467 8.7
U.N. Relief and Works Agency 1,929 15.9
World Food Programme 596
Congo Civilian Operation 179 8.6
Cyprus Operation (U.N.F.I.C.Y.P.) 1,762
U. N. High Commissioner for Refugees 80 6.1
International Atomic Energy Agency (I.A.E.A.)— Regular Budget 176 7.0
Operational Budget 52
Expanded Programme of Technical Assistance 1,339 7.2
Special Fund 2,232 7.4
U.N. Children's Fund (U.N.I.C.E.F.) 335 3.8
Specialised Agencies
Food and Agriculture Organisation (F.A.O.) 642 10.09
Food and Agriculture Organisation's Voluntary Schemes 133
World Health Organisation (W.H.O.) 850 6.88
U.N. Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (U.N.E.S.C.O.) 491 7.23
International Labour Organisation (I.L.O.) 540 9.22
International Civil Aviation Organisation (I.C.A.O.) 158 9.84
International Telecommunications Union (I.T.U.) 83 5.43
World Meteorological Organisation (W.M.O.) 27 6.05
Inter-Governmental Maritime Consultative Organisation (I.M.C.O.) 27 12.43
Universal Postal Union (U.P.U.) 11 2.59
International Development Association 9,000 13.3
International Bank for Reconstruction and Development Her Majesty's Government provide12.4 per cent. of the capital.
International Finance Corporation 14.6
TOTAL 23,859

Mr. Wall

asked the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs what funds Great Britain is contributing, or proposes to contribute, to the budget of the United Nations, the United Nations Specialised Agencies and the various United Nations economic aid funds and programmes between October, 1964 and October, 1965; and how these sums compare with the preceding 12 months.

Mr. George Thomson

Since the United Nations financial year corresponds to the calendar year, it is not practicable to give figures for the period requested by the hon. Member.

Her Majesty's Government made during 1964 to the United Nations Organisation, its subsidiary and voluntary funds, and specialised agencies, respectively; and what proportions these contribution were of the respective total budgets.

Mr. George Thomson

The following is the information requested:

The United Kingdom's total expenditure on the United Nations family of organisations for the calendar year 1964 is expected to amount to some £24 million.

It is not yet possible to give a total estimate for the British contribution in 1965. because the figures are still under consideration. However, we expect to maintain or increase the British financial contribution to the various economic and social activities of the United Nations family. Because of the nature of peace-keeping operations, it is not possible to forecast what expenditure will be required of us in this field.