Oral Answers to Questions — United Nations (Security Council Resolution)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th November 1964.

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Photo of Sir John Langford-Holt Sir John Langford-Holt , Shrewsbury 12:00 am, 24th November 1964

asked the Prime Minister whether he will give directions to all Ministers that they should take no action which contravenes any resolution passed by the Security Council of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Photo of Mr Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Huyton

Decisions on all matters which have been the subject of resolutions passed by the Security Council or the General Assembly of the United Nations are a matter for the Cabinet.

Photo of Sir John Langford-Holt Sir John Langford-Holt , Shrewsbury

Would the Prime Minister agree that probably the most important of these resolutions is the Declaration of Human Rights, and can he tell me whether the Government propose to adhere to that declaration? Can he also give an assurance that, in the meantime, no action will be taken by any Minister contrary to that declaration?

Photo of Mr Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Huyton

I certainly agree with the hon. Gentleman about the importance of that declaration. I also agree with him about the urgency of coming to a decision about it.