U.N. Disarmament Commission (Atomic Weapons)

Oral Answers to Questions — Civil Aviation – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th May 1954.

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Photo of Mr Arthur Henderson Mr Arthur Henderson , Rowley Regis and Tipton 12:00 am, 12th May 1954

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether President Eisenhower's proposal for the establishment of an international atomic agency is one of the subjects to be discussed by the sub-committee of the United Nations Disarmament Commission which is to meet this week.

Photo of Mr Selwyn Lloyd Mr Selwyn Lloyd , Wirral

As my right hon. Friend informed the House of 5th April, President Eisenhower's proposal is being discussed at present through diplomatic channels. But it is certainly a matter of which account must be taken in the forthcoming talks.

Photo of Mr Arthur Henderson Mr Arthur Henderson , Rowley Regis and Tipton

In view of the terms of the Resolution passed by the General Assembly in November last, can the Minister say whether the conversations will cover the whole field of disarmament, both conventional and unconventional, including atomic and hydrogen weapons?

Photo of Mr Selwyn Lloyd Mr Selwyn Lloyd , Wirral

Yes, Sir. It is certainly the case that the discussions will cover the whole of die field.

Photo of Mr Arthur Henderson Mr Arthur Henderson , Rowley Regis and Tipton

Is the Minister aware that he has the good wishes of both sides of the House in entering these conversations, and that we hope sincerely that an agreement will be reached on these matters which are vital to the future welfare of the world?

Photo of Mr Selwyn Lloyd Mr Selwyn Lloyd , Wirral

I am very grateful to the right hon. and learned Gentleman.