Oral Answers to Questions — United Nations Association (Grant in Aid)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th November 1967.

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Photo of Mr Frank Judd Mr Frank Judd , Portsmouth West 12:00 am, 20th November 1967

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make a statement about financial assistance to the United Nations Association, which is in financial difficulties.

Photo of Mr Goronwy Roberts Mr Goronwy Roberts , Caernarvon

I am pleased to announce that, subject to annual Parliamentary approval, Her Majesty's Government are offering the United Nations Association a Grant-In-Aid for a period of five years only at the rate of £10,000 for the current financial year and for 1968–69, £7,000 for 1969–70 and £5,000 for each of the next two financial years. A Supplementary Estimate will be presented in due course to cover payment for the current year.

Photo of Mr Frank Judd Mr Frank Judd , Portsmouth West

Does my right hon. Friend agree that this news will be greeted with a great deal of positive reaction in all parts of the House? Does he further agree that one of the most important characteristics of the United Nations Association has been its robust independence, and can he assure us that the Government will expect it to continue in that light?

Photo of Mr Goronwy Roberts Mr Goronwy Roberts , Caernarvon

Certainly, Sir. The United Nations Association has as its Presidents the leaders of all the main political parties in this House. One would therefore expect this announcement to be greeted with impartial enthusiasm on both sides of the House. It is also an Association which does an essential job in promoting interest in, and support for, the United Nations in this country.

Photo of Sir John Hall Sir John Hall , Wycombe

Can the Minister say what will be the additional cost of our contribution to the United Nations in 1968?