HC Deb 29 November 1988 vol 142 c186W
Mrs. Gillian Shephard

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he expects to be in a position to consider rejoining UNESCO.

Mr. Eggar

Before we can even contemplate reconsidering our position on membership of UNESCO, we will need to be convinced that fundamental reforms in both the administration and the programme policies of UNESCO are being implemented, not just considered. The very earliest opportunity we will have to assess the future programmes and management of the organisation will be after the conclusion of the general conference in late 1989. For us to consider a possible reassessment of the situation before then would be premature and unrealistic.