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Volume 75: debated on Tuesday 12 March 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress has been made, in the review of the United Kingdom's membership of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation; and if he will make a statement.

We shall review our policy towards the end of 1985 after the next UNESCO general conference. If we were satisfied that substantial progress had by then been made in carrying through the reform programme set out in my letters of 2 April and 4 July 1984 and that of my right hon. and learned Friend of 5 December 1984 to the director general of UNESCO, we would be willing to reconsider our decision to withdraw.