Executive Council

Oral Answers to Questions — United Nations – in the House of Commons on 14th October 1942.

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Photo of Mr Robert Boothby Mr Robert Boothby , Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire Eastern

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been called to the proposal of the Chinese Foreign Minister for the setting-up of an executive council of the United Nations; and whether this proposal is receiving the consideration of His Majesty's Government?

Photo of Mr Richard Law Mr Richard Law , Kingston upon Hull South West

No such proposal has been received by His Majesty's Government. I presume that my hon. Friend is referring to a speech made by Dr. T. V. Soong in New York on nth October, in which he is reported to have advocated the establishment of an executive council of the United Nations to facilitate cooperation between the United Nations both during and after the war. His Majesty's Government are, of course, always prepared to give full consideration to any proposal which they may receive from an Allied Government.

Photo of Mr Robert Boothby Mr Robert Boothby , Aberdeenshire and Kincardineshire Eastern

Before taking any further action would His Majesty's Government require to be approached officially in the matter by the Chinese Government, or can they take action merely on that speech?

Photo of Mr Richard Law Mr Richard Law , Kingston upon Hull South West

I do not think His Majesty's Government can take action on the report of a speech in a newspaper.