HC Deb 08 February 1989 vol 146 c702W
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

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.