Racial Discrimination

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — United Nations – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 16th November 1960.

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Photo of Mr Edward Heath Mr Edward Heath , Bexley 12:00 am, 16th November 1960

Or the full content of the resolution. In his speech the British delegate made it absolutely plain that, of course, we are opposed to racial discrimination. [HON. MEMBERS: "And vote against."] What the British delegate objected to, or the reason that he gave why we could not vote for the resolution, was that it called for the immediate introduction of universal adult suffrage, and that is not the policy which has been followed by either party in the House as far as multi-racial territories are concerned. Secondly, it called for an immediate rejection of all discriminatory legislation, and this would include discriminatory legislation in British Territories which is there in favour of the local indigenous population.