World Experimental Literacy Programme

Oral Answers to Questions — Overseas Development – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th November 1966.

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Photo of Mr Frank Judd Mr Frank Judd , Portsmouth West 12:00 am, 24th November 1966

asked the Minister of Overseas Development what is the extent of British financial assistance to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation World Literacy Campaign.

Photo of Mr Albert Oram Mr Albert Oram , East Ham South

I would refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave to my right hon. Friend the Member for Derby, South (Mr. Philip Noel-Baker) on 19th May—[Vol. 723: c. 296.]. Her Majesty's Government's contribution towards the cost of the World Experimental Literacy Programme in the biennium 1967/68 will be approximately £155,000. In the previous biennium it was £85,000.

Photo of Mr Frank Judd Mr Frank Judd , Portsmouth West

Would my hon. Friend not agree that the development of world purchasing powers, which is so essential to our economy, depends on literacy and that we should therefore give all encouragement to this campaign, with, if possible, a special grant, following Persia's example?

Photo of Mr Albert Oram Mr Albert Oram , East Ham South

I agree about the great importance of this subject, but manpower is as important as money, and we are doing a great deal in the provision of experts. On the question of following Iran's example, my right hon. Friend the present Minister of Housing and Local Government replied to my hon. Friend the Member for Salford, East (Mr. Allaun) on this subject on 14th June.