§ 17. Mr. Raikes
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what is the number of Control Commission and 14 Allied Commission of Austria officials employed by the prisoner of war and displaced persons branches in Germany and Austria; and the total cost involved as a result to the International Refugee Organisation and to the British taxpayer, respectively.
The number is 630 in Germany and 40 in Austria and the monthly cost of this staff is about £30,000 and £2,000 respectively. The International Refugee Organisation reimburses His Majesty's Government, except for that proportion which is incurred in Austria in looking after persons who are not eligible for assistance by the International Refugee Organisation.
§ Mr. Raikes
Arising out of that answer, in view of the magnitude of the problem of displaced persons, does the right hon. Gentleman consider that it would be possible in the future for it to become the undivided responsibility of the International Refugee Organisation?
Of course, we will continue to consider that, but it was considered with the I.R.O., and it was thought that this was the most effective way administratively, and the cheapest method of correctly administering and discharging these responsibilities.