§ Mr. Galbraith
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will list those international organisations on which his Department is represented and the total cost of these commitments.
§ Mr. Peter Bottomley
The expected cost of subscriptions for international organisations on which the Department is represented for the financial year 1988–89 is as follows:
£ thousands International Civil Aviation Organisation 1,075 International Maritime Organisation 420 Organisation for Economic Co-operation Development European Conference of Ministers of Transport 224 Road Research 36 Central Rhine Commission 102 International Railway Convention 80 International Railway Congress Association 1 Permanent International Association of Navigational Congress 3 International Drivers' Behaviour Research Association 3 Permanent International Association of Road Congress 3 International Union of Public Transport 1 European Concrete Committee 3 1,951
Ministers' and officials' travelling and subsistence expenses cost a further £43,000.
The organisation Eurocontrol has not been included as it is self-financing. During 1988–89 the subscription was £7.1 million and the receipts received £10 million. There is an income equalisation provision designed to ensure that any shortfall or excess in receipts is recovered or refunded over a period of two years.