Subject to certain conditions, Her Majesty's Government have pledged to the proposed Institute a sum of $500,000 to cover the first five or six years of the Institute's operations. This pledge is the largest so far made by any Government and the Secretary-General of the United Nations has acknowledged it gratefully.
While welcoming that statement, may I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether it is not a departure from previous Government decisions not to contribute to endowment funds of this kind? If this new policy is to become the rule, would the Government reconsider their refusal to contribute to the endowment fund of the Institute of Labour Studies in Geneva? Will the right hon. Gentleman discuss that with the Minister of Labour in view of the fact that 43 countries have contributed to that fund but so far we have refused to do so?