asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the request to the President of the Security Council by the chairman of the United Nations Special Committee on the Policies of Apartheid in South Africa that the report of the committee should be discussed by the Security Council as soon as possible, he will consult President Kennedy with a view to this matter being raised jointly by the delegates of the United Kingdom and the United States at the special meeting of the Security Council now in session.
Is the Prime Minister aware that the United Nations Special Committee pointed out that South Africa is now building up a military establishment far beyond its defence needs and has expressed grave anxiety and indignation at the continued provision of arms to South Africa by other Powers? Is he also aware that Chief Luthuli issued an appeal to the whole civilised world to stop supplying arms to South Africa, and that the International Commission of Jurists has described South Africa as copying some of the worst features of the Communist-Stalinist régime? In view of this, will he instruct the United Kingdom delegates, either at the Security Council or at the General Assembly, to raise this matter as one of urgency?
I think that the hon. Lady is under some misapprehension. The Security Council is not in session. It can, of course, meet if the president of the month calls it or if anybody applies for it. This report will come before the next meeting of the General Assembly and will, no doubt, be debated.
I think that the views of Her Majesty's Government and, indeed, of the whole country on the question of apartheid are known. The only question is, what are the best methods which in the long run will bring happiness and peace to these territories?