World Health Organisation

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Health – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 4th April 1955.

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Photo of Mr Arthur Blenkinsop Mr Arthur Blenkinsop , Newcastle upon Tyne East 12:00 am, 4th April 1955

asked the Minister of Health whether he will give instructions to the British delegates to the Annual Conference of the World Health Organisation to propose an increase in the regular budget of that body, in view of the great value of its work both to this country and to all members of the United Nations Organisation.

Photo of Miss Patricia Hornsby-Smith Miss Patricia Hornsby-Smith , Chislehurst

No, Sir. The 1956 budget proposed by the Director-General of the Organisation already provides for a small increase over that for 1955, which, in turn, was substantially higher than the budget for 1954.

Photo of Mr Arthur Blenkinsop Mr Arthur Blenkinsop , Newcastle upon Tyne East

Does the hon. Lady appreciate that the figures proposed are woefully inadequate for the very wide needs of the World Health Organisation? Will she instruct the delegates from this country to press for greater world recognition of the importance of this work and the willingness of this country to make its contribution towards it?

Photo of Miss Patricia Hornsby-Smith Miss Patricia Hornsby-Smith , Chislehurst

There is a very clear line of demarcation between the World Health Organisation and the particular items which are far more appropriate to the Expanded Programme of Technical Assistance which comes under the Foreign Office. As early as 1952 the General Assembly of the United Nations urged that the time had come for these Specialised Agencies to stabilise their regular budgets and clearly define their operations.