§ Mr. Knox
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information he has as to the anticipated annual budget of the headquarters of the organisation that will administer the agreement on tropical timber; and how this compares with the budgets of the inter-governmental commodity organisations located in London.
§ Mr. Trippier
The budget for the administrative expenses of the International Tropical Timber Organisation has yet to be determined by its council.
The budgets for the costs in 1985 of administrating the international commodity organisations already located in London are as follows:
Organisation Budget International Coffee Organisation *3,465,000 International Cocoa Organisation 852,000 International Sugar Organisation 1,000,000 International Tin Council 1,000,000 International Wheat Council 880,000 * This budget has been convened from US dollars, to pounds sterling using an exchange rate of £1 = US$1.27.
The Department has no separate figures of headquarters’ costs.
§ Mr. Knox
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what inducements are being offered by Her 325W Majesty's Government to locate the headquarters of the organisation that will administer the agreement on tropical timber in London;
(2) if he will list the information he has as to the countries that have offered to locate the headquarters of the organisation that will administer the agreement on tropical timber in their capital cities and as to the financial inducements they have offered and for how many years.
§ Mr. Trippier
Her Majesty's Government have pointed out the considerable advantages of London as a location for the headquarters of the International Tropical Timber Organisation. We have indicated that we would expect to be able to offer the organisation similar arrangements to those made for the other international commodity organisations which already have their headquarters in London, including relief from 80 per cent. of the rates.
I understand that the Governments of Belgium, France, Greece and Indonesia have also offered to accommodate the headquarters in their capital cities, with the following financial inducements:
- the French Government have offered to provide accommodation free of rent and rates for the duration of the agreement (5 years);
- the Greek Government have offered to provide accommodation for a nominal rent of one dollar per year for as long as the headquarters is in Athens; the Indonesian Government have offered free accommodation on a temporary and partial basis.
- In addition:
- the Japanese Government have offered free accommodation in Yokohama city for as long as the headquarters is located there and to pay for its electricity, gas and water;
- the Government of the Netherlands have offered free accommodation in Amsterdam for a period to be agreed and to pay for certain operational expenses such
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§ Mr. Heffer
asked the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what information he has as to the countries of origin of imported asbestos cement products.
§ Mr. Channon
In 1984,* 95.8 percent, by volume and 95.1 per cent by value of United Kingdom imports of articles of asbestos cement etc. originated from: Belgium-Luxembourg (58.2 per cent. and 56.0 per cent. respectively), France (13.2 per cent. and 13.6 per cent.), Irish Republic (12.8 per cent. and 15.9 per cent.) and Denmark (11.6 per cent. and 9.6 per cent.).326W
as fixed telecommunication costs and the cost of office maintenance. The Netherlands Government are also considering a voluntary contribution to the organisation.