Lord Balniel: Presumably the right hon, Gentleman accepts Resolution 242 as being the most likely basis of reaching a settlement between Israel and its neighbouring countries. Does he also accept the interpretation of that resolution put forward by my right hon. Friend the Member for Kinross and West Perth-shire (Sir A. Douglas-Home) at Harrogate?
Lord Balniel: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will make a statement about his discussions with delegates of the Rhodesian African National Council.
Lord Balniel: Dr. Gabellah and the ANC are definitely reported as having said that the right hon. Gentleman and the British Government would be taking a new initiative in the matter. Is that not so?
Lord Balniel: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will make a statement about progress being made towards resolving the Arab-Israeli dispute.
Lord Balniel: I listened to the speech of the Foreign Secretary with a great deal more approval than I read his speech of 1st April. I thought the Foreign Secretary began the negotiations on the wrong foot. There was, I thought, in his original speech, no understanding of the importance of or sympathy with the need of European unity. I thought he was mistaken in that original speech to have threatened to...
Lord Balniel: It is in a very bad way. It is perplexed and bewildered with problems, and those problems crowd in one upon another to such an extent that it is probably no exaggeration to say that Europe is in a greater state of crisis than it has been at any time since the last war. No one, not even the most rabid anti-Marketeer, can possibly feel any pleasure at the situation at the moment. What we see...
Lord Balniel: asked the Secretary of State for Defence what are the principles on which he settles the level of defence expenditure.
Lord Balniel: I welcome the statement made earlier this afternoon that to fix the level of defence expenditure to the average paid by our allies is an utterly mistaken principle, but how does this square with the principle set out in Labour's General Election manifesto? Surely the right principle is to ensure that within our economic strength, in conjunction with our allies, we afford what expenditure we...
Lord Balniel: Does the hon. Lady agree with the view that Britain's economic involvement in South Africa should be reduced, a view that is expressed in "Labour's Programme for Britain 1973"?
Lord Balniel: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is his policy towards the Atlantic Alliance.
Lord Balniel: Does the hon. Gentleman recollect that the Government were elected to seek, as a first step, the removal of the American Polaris bases in Holy Loch? Have negotiations begun on that?
Lord Balniel: There have been no reports of violence over the last eight days or so and no reports of threats to United Kingdom and other Commonwealth citizens. Full sovereignty will pass to the constitutional Government of Grenada on 7th February, and my hon. Friend the Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs has left to represent the British Government.
Lord Balniel: It is correct that during the past fortnight and for a longer period there has been some disturbance and some violence which, regrettably, has caused the loss of life of three persons. The situation still is to some extent tense and the strike remains in being. We have had no reports over the past eight days or so of any further violence so there has been an improvement in the situation....
Lord Balniel: I have seen Press reports about the island of Carriacou which wishes to secede. I cannot confirm that fact. It is clearly an internal affairs matter and the British Government have no responsibility for the internal affairs of Grenada. Our responsibility is confined to foreign affairs and defence.
Lord Balniel: I can assure the House that there is no wish to shelve our responsibilities. Equally, we must not take on responsibilities which clearly do not rest with the British Government. We are, of course, concerned about the situation, but the evidence is that a large majority of the people of Grenada want independence. That was the clear message which emerged from the elections which were held in...
Lord Balniel: My hon. Friend is correct. Since Grenada became an Associated State in 1967 the Grenada Government have been solely responsible for internal affairs and the British Government have had no right or authority to intervene.
Lord Balniel: It is normally a constitutional procedure whereby a member of Her Majesty's Government is present at the passing of independence to an Associated State or Colony.
Lord Balniel: Her Majesty's Government do not intend to revoke the Termination of Association Order. I ask my hon. Friend to remember that there was an election on the issue of independence, which was won overwhelmingly, and that regulations for independence have passed through both Houses in Grenada. I do not think that the grounds exist for revoking the Termination of Association Order.
Lord Balniel: That is a consideration which I am sure will be borne in mind both by Her Majesty's Government and by the Grenada Government.
Lord Balniel: The recent loan to which I have referred was designed to solve a temporary cash crisis which might have interfered with development for which development funds are available.