Stateless Persons (Convention)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th July 1956.

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Photo of Mr Nigel Nicolson Mr Nigel Nicolson , Bournemouth East and Christchurch 12:00 am, 9th July 1956

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs when Her Majesty's Government intend to deposit the Instrument of ratification for the Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons which was signed by the United Kingdom Plenipotentiary on 28th September, 1954.

Photo of Lord John Hope Lord John Hope , Edinburgh Pentlands

The question of ratification is still under discussion with the Departments concerned, but I hope that it will not be long delayed.

Photo of Mr Nigel Nicolson Mr Nigel Nicolson , Bournemouth East and Christchurch

Is it not a fact that, of the 22 nations which made this Convention, none has so far ratified it, although it was made in September, 1954, and since, as our own representative said at the time, there is no administrative difficulty so far as we are concerned, could not we set an example in ratification to the other 21 countries?

Photo of Lord John Hope Lord John Hope , Edinburgh Pentlands

I hope that we can. As a matter of fact, Denmark has ratified the Convention, and did so in January, 1956.