HC Deb 12 January 1976 vol 903 cc67-8W
Mr. Wigley

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will give details of the conferences, including their dates, locations and costs, which have led to increases in the Civil Estimates of section A4(3) of Class II, 5 from £60,000 to £300,000.

Mr. Hattersley

The original Estimate covered the United Kingdom share of costs, apportioned among the governments taking part, of the following conferences:

Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE):

Stage III: Helsinki £
Ministerial final session in Helsinki 25,000
Negotiations in Vienna on mutual reduction of forces and armaments and associated measures in Central Europe (MBFR) 20,000
Non-proliferation treaty review conference in Geneva (NPT) 15,000

The figure of £300,000 represented approximately 85 per cent. of the revised United Kingdom share of costs, as follows:

CSCE negotiations in Geneva (1st January-21st July 1975) 210,000
CSCE Stage III: Helsinki (30th July-to 1st August 1975) 112,000
MBFR (whole year) 12,000
NPT (5th-30th May 1975) 18,000

The latest available estimate of costs is as follows:

CSCE Geneva 232,000
CSCE Helsinki 140,000
MBFR 11,000
NPT 18,000

Further supplementary estimate provision will be sought for the final £101,000.