Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs – in the House of Commons at 1:48 pm on 27th November 1996.

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Photo of Malcolm Rifkind Malcolm Rifkind Foreign Secretary 1:48 pm, 27th November 1996

I am not sure that I agree with the hon. Lady about the crucial role that she says UNESCO is playing. I do not want to enter the wider discussion about UNESCO, but the information that I have given the House demonstrates that our non-membership of UNESCO is in no way inhibiting, preventing or limiting our ability to assist in the humanitarian crisis. The United Kingdom is providing more help than most and can hold its head up high; it does not need membership of UNESCO in order to provide help for the starving in Zaire.