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International Organisations

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will list the international organisations of which the UK is a member; and how much money it paid to each such organisation in the last year for which figures are available. (97580)

The UK is a member of and pays assessed contributions to a number of international organisations. Some international organisations budget on financial years, others on calendar years. The figures for UK assessed contributions in 2005-06, except where otherwise indicated, are:

£ million

Commonwealth Secretariat and Foundation (includes Commonwealth Funds for Technical Co-operation and Learning)


Council of Europe


North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Civil, Military and Security Investment Programme budgets)


Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (2006)


Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (excludes field missions)


United Nations (2005) (includes UN Regular Budget and core funding for Specialised Agencies, Conventions, peacekeeping operations, criminal courts and tribunals)


Western European Union


The figures do not include UK voluntary payments to other funds, programmes and projects of these international organisations. These are made by Government Departments in accordance with their specific areas of policy responsibility. There is no central record available. A breakdown of additional voluntary contributions to the UN system in 2005, may be found in “The United Kingdom in the United Nations” (Cm 6892) which my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary laid before Parliament in July 2006.