Is my hon. and learned Friend aware that an undertaking was given in respect of this a considerable time ago? This really is a very urgent matter, and the world is waiting for a reply to it. When will my hon. and
I assure the hon. Lady that everything possible is being done by local authorities and by my Department, and I should like to pay tribute to those foster parents who sometimes take whole families so that they shall not be separated.
A number of Parliaments have passed without this legislation being introduced. I hope that before this Parliament is over my hon. Friend and many others will not be disappointed.
While I freely acknowledge that this Government are not the only Government who have sinned, would not the hon. and learned Gentleman recognise that world opinion simply will not accept a shortage of Parliamentary time as an excuse for not passing legislation of this kind?
I accept that my hon. and learned Friend is in no way responsible for the present state of affairs, but will he bear in mind that ratification by this country of the Genocide Convention is all the more urgent since the Government of which he is a member continue to support actions which can only be described as actions of genocide by their American allies in Vietnam?