HC Deb 13 February 1989 vol 147 c22W
Mr. Galbraith

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list those international organisations on which his Department is represented and the total cost of these commitments.

Mr. Alan Clark

The Department is represented on a large number of international organisations and associated committees, and no central register of such bodies is maintained. Some of these give rise to identifiable membership costs, and the forecast total for these membership costs for 1988–89 is some £9 million. Nearly half of this total arises from membership of two organisations: these are the International Telecommunications Union and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.