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.
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?
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.