Mr Thomas Reid: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if the Government of Albania still continue to disregard successfully the decree of the International Court, allowing damages of £800,000 to Britain for the deaths of British sailors in the Corfu Channel; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Thomas Reid: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if, in view of the fact that the United Nations Organisation Charter often indirectly favours States which disregard judgments against them for breach of international treaties or agreements, while States which abide by the decrees of the International Court are debarred from taking any action except through this Court when they win their...
Mr Thomas Reid: Is it not clear that any third-rate State today can "cock a snook" at decisions of the International Court? Must that go on?
Mr Thomas Reid: Is the right hon. Gentleman suggesting that Britain should take the matter out of the hands of the United Nations, with its staffs on the spot, and that we should try to settle the dispute between Israel and the Arabs? Should we not leave the problem to those who created it, the United Nations?
Mr Thomas Reid: In debates of this kind I always try to get down to the fundamentals and to see what the question is really about. This debate is not about Israel. It is about the cold war, and this Pact is an item in that cold war. We have to judge it in that light. This is an attempt to protect a vast territory from possible attack by Communist imperialism. Recently a Treaty was signed between Turkey and...
Mr Thomas Reid: If my hon. Friend wishes me to go back to the question of setting up a Jewish State, the question of morality is very simple. It was iniquitous and a blunder to take the best part of Southern Syria from the people who had possessed it for 13 centuries and to hand it over to Jewish immigrants. If that is not immorality, what is? Again, I talked about Turkey. Turkey has been a valiant little...
Mr Thomas Reid: When the Minister reminds me of the actual words I agree that he is correct and that I am incorrect, but still I disagree with him. The arrangements are not adequate to Iraq's requirements. I am pointing out that we must go further. Now that Persia has a sensible Government, they must be induced to join with us—not merely Persia, but Saudi Arabia and Egypt. I know the difficulties. I know...
Mr Thomas Reid: Our job is to look after the world interests in the matter of Communist aggression, and our own vital interests. Whatever treaty we make we are bound to annoy somebody. We must annoy somebody if the treaty is more important than that. On the other hand, I am entirely in favour of getting peace between the Jew and the Arab. I do not want the row to continue. It is a scourge to the whole of...
Mr Thomas Reid: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the approximate number of Chinese in Malaya and Singapore, respectively; what percentage they are in each case of the total native population; and approximately what proportion of them claim dual nationality as Chinese and British-Malayan subjects.
Mr Thomas Reid: In considering the future constitutional position of the Federation, will the Minister realise that if self-government were granted to the Federation, about half the population would already be subjects of Communist China?
Mr Thomas Reid: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make a statement on the recent elections in Malta and the part played by Government officials therein.
Mr Thomas Reid: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies in what British Dependencies, excluding India and Pakistan before they became independent, Britain has, since the end of the war, expended sums of money on military operations to suppress disorders; the territories concerned; and how much money has been spent or pledged up to date on each in respect to these emergencies.
Mr Thomas Reid: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies the names and countries of the members of the Trusteeship Council Committee which recently reported on Tanganyika; and what proposals of theirs were objected to by the British representatives at the United Nations organisation.
Mr Thomas Reid: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree with me that the Chairman, bearing the name of Reid, did not do anything wrong? But in regard to others, would the right hon. Gentleman suggest in future that the United Nations appoint responsible people to the Trusteeship Council?
Mr Thomas Reid: Would it not strengthen the position, security and safety of every South-East Asian country if India abandoned her policy of neutrality and joined with the other States of South-East Asia? Has the right hon. Gentleman had any success in that direction?
Mr Thomas Reid: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies why some retired British minor officers from the Nigerian Civil Service have obtained increases in their pre-war pensions only after a means test, and why some have been refused any increase on pre-war pensions, now worth less than half their pre-war value; and, in view of the declared policy of the Nigerian Government to recruit and retain...
Mr Thomas Reid: Surely the Secretary of State has some responsibility for the careers of these people, and surely it is not beyond his power to drop a hint or make a suggestion to the Government of Nigeria to act decently?
Mr Thomas Reid: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies if he will make a statement about the recent riots in. Sierra Leone.
Mr Thomas Reid: Have the riots died down? In case of very serious trouble are sufficient forces under the control of the Government locally without calling in white troops?
Mr Thomas Reid: asked the Minister of Fuel and Power if he will allocate smokeless fuels to merchants in Swindon in the same way as coal is allocated according to the number of registrations held by the merchants.