Disputes (Peaceful Settlement)

Oral Answers to Questions — United Nations – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th April 1967.

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Photo of Mr Ernest Davies Mr Ernest Davies , Stretford 12:00 am, 17th April 1967

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what action the United Nations has taken on Her Majesty's Government's initiative on the peaceful settlement of disputes; and what further action is proposed.

Photo of Mr George Thomson Mr George Thomson , Dundee East

The debate on this subject during the last General Assembly was adjourned sine die.

Her Majesty's Government are about to consult a number of Governments who have supported our proposal in order to determine what the next steps should be. I tike this opportunity to pay tri- bute to the present work of the David Davies Memorial Institute for International Studies in this field, the results of which we hope will help us to further this British initiative.

Photo of Mr Ernest Davies Mr Ernest Davies , Stretford

Would my hon. Friend continue to enlist the aid of all other countries and whatever agencies he can find to promote this highly desirable line of policy? Would he not agree that it is highly regrettable that the Opposition should continue to exercise their prejudice against the peace-making efforts of the United Nations, as they have shown us today, particularly over the question of Aden?

Photo of Mr George Thomson Mr George Thomson , Dundee East

I agree with my hon. Friend on both points.