HC Deb 06 March 1996 vol 273 c255W
Mr. Cyril D. Townsend

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what new proposals he is putting forward to improve the financial position of the UN. [17275]

Sir Nicholas Bonsor

In his speech to the UN summit last October, my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister stressed the importance of prompt and full payment of contributions; clearance of arrears; reform of the system of assessment; and greater focus on efficiency. Together with the French Government, we have now developed a package of proposals reflecting these concerns and designed to resolve the UN financial crisis. This package has been endorsed and adopted by the EU.