HL Deb 17 April 1986 vol 473 cc872-3WA
Baroness Gardner of Parkes

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How they propose to allocate the £6.4 million saved this financial year by withdrawal from UNESCO.

Baroness Young

Her Majesty's Government intend to allocate the following amounts to the programmes mentioned in my reply to the noble Lord, Lord Brougham and Vaux, on 19th December 1985, at column 952:

Additional allocations to the ODA Technical Co-operation Training Programmes 2.3
Joint scheme to provide scholarships in the UK for Chinese students 0.7
Additional allocation to the ODA Shared Scholarship Scheme 0.3
Key English Language Teaching programme, particularly in francophone Africa 0.6
Exploratory work on a distance learning programme among academic institutions in the Commonwealth 0.1
A training scheme for black South Africans at Post-graduate level 0.5
A contribution to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Scholarships and Awards Scheme 0.6
Participation in the Inter-Governmental Oceanographic Commission, the International Geological Correlation Programme and for contributions to the International Council for Scientific Unions 0.2
International Hydrology and Environmental Sciences through the Natural Environment Research Council 0.2
Research in arid Commonwealth Africa 0.4
Dissemination of results of research at Universities and other bodies 0.2
An increased grant to the Commonwealth Media Development Fund 0.1

The British Council will have a major role in the operation of a number of these programmes.

Her Majesty's Government also propose to allocate £0.2 million for projects in the cultural field, of which half would be spent through the aid programme on projects for the benefit of developing countries, and half would be transferred to the diplomatic wing of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for projects in the cultural heritage field which are not suitable for aid programme funding.

Estimated provision will be sought at the appropriate time.