Funds (Voluntary Contributions)

Oral Answers to Questions — United Nations – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd August 1965.

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Photo of Mr David Ennals Mr David Ennals , Dover 12:00 am, 2nd August 1965

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what other nations have made voluntary contributions to the United Nations funds following the example set by the United Kingdom Government.

Photo of Mr George Thomson Mr George Thomson , Dundee East

The following is the list of nations, other than the United Kingdom, who have so far made voluntary contributions: Canada, $4 million; Sweden, $2 million; Denmark, $1 million; Norway, $700,000; and Iceland, $80,000. This make a total, including our own contribution of 17·78 million dollars.

Photo of Mr David Ennals Mr David Ennals , Dover

While thanking the Minister for his reply, may I ask him whether he is aware how much we on this side of the House have appreciated this initiative? Has he any information whether there is to be a like response from the larger Powers, particularly the Soviet Union and the United States?

Photo of Mr George Thomson Mr George Thomson , Dundee East

I think that the initiative itself fulfilled its purpose of creating a better climate of opinion for tackling some of these problems. We are hopeful that other countries will follow with voluntary contributions of their own.

Photo of Lady  Grant of Monymusk Lady Grant of Monymusk , Aberdeen South

Can the hon. Gentleman say what is the total deficit of those countries which are more than two years in arrears with their contributions?

Photo of Mr George Thomson Mr George Thomson , Dundee East

Not without notice, Sir.