§ Mr. Flynn
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the current level of funding for the United Nations; by what date the United Kingdom was requested by the United Nations secretariat to pay dues to the United Nations for peacekeeping operations in 1992; on what date those dues were paid; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
Member states' contributions to the 1992 United Nations regular budget will total £593,179,000, of which the United Kingdom share will be £28,260,695.
We estimate that the United Kingdom's assessed contributions to the United Nations for current peacekeeping operations for the United Kingdom financial year 1992–93 will total £70 million. As at today's date we had been asked to pay $81,178,625 towards those costs, and had paid $41,660,134. The discrepancy between the two amounts arises from an assessment in respect of UNTAC—the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia—which we have received but which has not yet fallen due. We aim to make all our payments in accordance with United Nations financial regulation 5.4, which states:contributions shall be considered due and payable within 30 days (of receipt of the Letter of Assessment)".