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Volume 86: debated on Wednesday 13 November 1985

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether any discussions have taken place in the last six months between the United Kingdom and the United States concerning United Kingdom membership of UNESCO; and if any such talks are planned for the future.

We have kept in regular contact with the United States Government about the reforms which we and other Governments have been seeking in UNESCO, mainly through our contacts with the United States observer mission in Paris and at the general conference. I met Mr. Newell of the United States State Department in Washington this June and the chairman of the United States observer panel (Mr. L. Marks) in Sofia last month. We intend to keep in touch with the United States and other partners before our final decision on UNESCO is made.