To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent increase has been made in the number of officials employed by the United Nations; what proportion of these is from the Soviet bloc; and what economies have been effected recently in the organisation and its agencies.
There has been no increase; on the contrary, posts subject to geographical distribution in the United Nations Organisation have decreased by 16 per cent. since 1985. The East European group's present share of these posts is 10 per cent. We shall continue to work for greater efficiency and value for money throughout the United Nations and its agencies.