HC Deb 06 December 1967 vol 755 cc351-2W
Mr. G. Campbell

asked the Minister of Overseas Development what instructions have been sent to the appropriate British representative regarding the recent adverse report on the administration of the Food and Agriculture Organisation by an official international committee.

Mr. Oram

The report on the Organisation's general structure was considered by the F.A.O. General Conference, which met from the 4th–23rd November. The British representative was instructed to endorse the need for changes in the structure of the F.A.O. and to support in the Conference the draft resolution proposed by the F.A.O. Council. This resolution, in the form accepted by the Conference, provides for the expansion of the corps of F.A.O. country representatives in co-operation with the United Nations Development Programme; and for the new Director-General, in consultation with an ad hoc Committee of the Council, to make interim organisational adjustments to be implemented in the biennium 1968–69 and to develop a detailed plan for reorganisation for consideration by the F.A.O. Council in 1968, in the light of certain guidelines and objectives established by the Conference with British support. A programme of work and budget based on the plan to be approved by the Council will come up for adoption by the next General Conference in 1969.