Lady Grant of Monymusk: Concerning the United Nations resolution on Rhodesia and the reservations made by Her Majesty's Government that this resolution did not come under Chapter VII of the Charter, can the Minister of State say whether Her Majesty's Government consider that it comes under Chapter VI?
Lady Grant of Monymusk: On the question of abstaining from voting for the resolution which referred to internal policies of Colonial Territories, would the Minister of State explain further how it is that successive Governments, including his own, have abstained on questions about Rhodesia, but after U.D.I. they took part in voting on them? Is it not exactly the same question over independence of Portuguese colonies—
Lady Grant of Monymusk: Will the Minister of State answer the question put so clearly to him by his hon. Friend the Member for Liverpool, Toxteth (Mr. Crawshaw) who asked him whether he would take action? The only reply which the Minister of State gave was that he had the matter under continuous review—and that is not good enough.
Lady Grant of Monymusk: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what proposals have been made by Her Majesty's Government to solve the financial problems of the United Nations since the decision to waive Article 19 of the Charter.
Lady Grant of Monymusk: Despite what the Minister of State has said, may I ask whether he is not aware that, despite repeated assurances given in the House that Her Majesty's Government would uphold Article 19 of the Charter and the International Court, if Article 19 was not waived it was certainly skirted round? Can the Minister of State say, therefore, how it is possible to keep the principle of the Charter? As...
Lady Grant of Monymusk: Will the Prime Minister clarify the methods taken to assert British responsibility for Rhodesia? While all Governments have been willing to give information on Rhodesia to the United Nations, can the Prime Minister explain why we did not participate in any vote on resolutions concerning Rhodesia before U.D.I. but that after U.D.I. we did? Can the right hon. Gentleman explain what appears to...
Lady Grant of Monymusk: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement on his recent visit to the United Nations.
Lady Grant of Monymusk: Since Her Majesty's Government voted for the entire contents of this Resolution, does it mean, as they voted for paragraph 8, that the Government are now committed to breaking economic relations with Southern Rhodesia, including an oil embargo?
Lady Grant of Monymusk: In view of the Parliamentary Secretary's statement the other day that there could be no guarantee that these stocks would not be released for human consumption, does the Minister's statement today mean that he can guarantee that none of this particular corned beef will be released for human consumption, whether processed or not, in this country and whether reexported or reimported?
Lady Grant of Monymusk: I welcome the announcement made by the Minister of State and fully realise that he is to publish a statement on this matter. However, in view of the great technical problems involved in this matter, problems which exercised his Department over a considerable time, could he give us an assurance that these difficulties are now completely removed?
Lady Grant of Monymusk: Is the Minister absolutely satisfied that by no means, by re-exporting, by firms holding these stocks in this country or in any other way, can they be produced for human consumption? There has been a great deal of concern about it in the City of Aberdeen. We got over the outbreak very satisfactorily, and no one wishes to be reminded of it.
Lady Grant of Monymusk: Will the Minister of State say whether there is any truth in the report that Her Majesty's Government have suggested that full voting procedures shall be entered into at the United Nations—
Lady Grant of Monymusk: Have Her Majesty's Government proposed to the Peace-Keeping Committee that full voting procedures shall be entered into at the next meeting of the General Assembly, thus circumventing Article 19? If this is so, does not he agree that, although one recognises the great political problems involved, the future of the United Nations would, perhaps, be worst served by circumventing a major article...
Lady Grant of Monymusk: Can the hon. Gentleman say what is the total deficit of those countries which are more than two years in arrears with their contributions?
Lady Grant of Monymusk: Could the Minister of State say whether the recent announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer will result in any reduction of the services?
Lady Grant of Monymusk: Apart from the Secretary of State for Scotland having this matter very much in mind, would the hon. Gentleman say whether the amendment on mesh sizes put before the Commission by the United Kingdom will be supported by other Governments, and, if not, what are Her Majesty's Government doing about it?
Lady Grant of Monymusk: Like the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Orkney and Shetland (Mr. Grimond), I would like to address myself primarily to the position of the Scottish fishing industry, but, unlike him, I do not intend to deal with the inshore fishing industry. I would agree with the Minister when, in his opening remarks, he said that there had been considerable progress in the past year. That is true, but...
Lady Grant of Monymusk: Would not the hon. Gentleman agree that since these agreements were made, a new and very important factor has emerged, namely, the extension of fishing limits?
Lady Grant of Monymusk: I hesitate to interrupt again, but I think that the hon. Gentleman may not have heard what I said. These particular oil burners, based on the port of Aberdeen, were not pre-1940. They were built between 1946 and 1949. What I want to know is, if there is this distinction now between boats built after 1955 and those built between 1946–49, is it the policy of Her Majesty's Government to drive...
Lady Grant of Monymusk: My right hon. and hon. Friends and I are grateful to the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs for the care he has taken in trying to explain the two Orders, which are complex and lengthy. Had his hon. Friend and colleague the Minister of State sought to do the same, I think that he would have found the House much more restive, because, on the last occasion when we discussed Orders of this...