§ Mr. Ashley
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services how much money was given by his Department to the World Health Organisation for smallpox control in each of the last 10 years or before smallpox vaccination was withdrawn in 1970; and how much money per year since 1970.
§ Dr. Owen
The costs of smallpox eradication form part of the regular budget of the World Health Organisation, to which, as a member State, the United Kingdom makes an annual contribution charged to the Health and Personal Social Services Vote. In addition, in November 1974, April 1975 and March 1976 my Department and the Ministry of Overseas Development made jointly contributions of £75,000, £150,000 and £150,000 respectively towards the supplementary funds needed by the organisation to bring its global eradication programme to a successful conclusion.