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.
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?
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.