Results 161–180 of 17033 for speaker:Mr R.A. Butler

Oral Answers to Questions — Cyprus (U.N. Peace-Keeping Force) (13 Apr 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: The United Nations force was established operationally on 27th March. It will be composed of contingents provided by Britain, Canada, Ireland, Finland and Sweden. Of these, the British and Canadian contingents are already carrying out their duties. I understand that the bulk of the Swedish contingent is in the course of joining the force in Cyprus, together with advance elements of the other...

Oral Answers to Questions — Cyprus (U.N. Peace-Keeping Force) (13 Apr 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: I was to have dealt with this matter in answer to Question No. 13, but the hon. Member who put it down was not here to call it and I shall, therefore, be answering it with Question No. 22 and some other Questions on this matter. If the right hon. Gentleman will wait until then, he will get the answer.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cyprus (U.N. Peace-Keeping Force) (13 Apr 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: As the House will be aware, the general scope and purpose of the United Nations operations in Cyprus are laid down in the Security Council resolution of the 4th March. On the basis of the mandate contained in this resolution the Secretary-General has prepared a general directive to the United Nations force commander in Cyprus and the latter has issued an operational directive to his troops....

Oral Answers to Questions — Cyprus (U.N. Peace-Keeping Force) (13 Apr 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: I think that if the hon. and learned Gentleman reads the aide mémoire he will find the answer to most of the points he has raised, and secondly, if he will read the Status of Forces Agreement, which I can make available to him, he will see the relationship of the forces to the ordinary civilian population of Cyprus. These two documents do, I think, go a very long way to answering his question.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cyprus (U.N. Peace-Keeping Force) (13 Apr 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: Our troops have had a great many most aggravating circumstances to put up with, but on the whole I am sure that up to date we have done the right thing both in going into Cyprus and now in taking part in the United Nations force. We must hope and pray that the circumstances and the aide mémoire will enable our troops to act with dignity and with success.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cyprus (U.N. Peace-Keeping Force) (13 Apr 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: No. It relates to the activities of the United Nations forces, and these are broader questions which I shall be glad to answer if my hon. Friend will put down a Question.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cyprus (U.N. Peace-Keeping Force) (13 Apr 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: The answer to the latter point is that the directive was issued entirely upon the authority of the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Could the right hon. Gentleman remind me of his other point?

Oral Answers to Questions — Cyprus (U.N. Peace-Keeping Force) (13 Apr 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: On the question of the police, I am aware that I am not answer- ing Questions first for some time, but as we have only just received this request, I think it would be irresponsible to give an answer since we are just giving it consideration.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cyprus (U.N. Peace-Keeping Force) (13 Apr 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: Certainly the aide mémoire provides for an active rôle in support of peace, and I think it is for each to read and form his own conclusions.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cyprus (U.N. Peace-Keeping Force) (13 Apr 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: We shall have to look further into the question of the police and I could not answer any Questions on it today.

Oral Answers to Questions — Yemen: Fort (R.A.F. Attack) (13 Apr 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: I will, with permission, answer this Question and Nos. 24, 25—

Oral Answers to Questions — Yemen: Fort (R.A.F. Attack) (13 Apr 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: As I said, I will, with permission, answer this Question and Nos. 24. 25 and 30 together. I would refer hon. Members to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 9th April in answer to a Question on the same subject by the hon. Member for Glasgow, Govan (Mr. Rankin). References to an attack on "the town of Harib" are entirely mistaken. There was no attack upon the town...

Oral Answers to Questions — Yemen: Fort (R.A.F. Attack) (13 Apr 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: That does not give a proper picture of the situation. There were the attacks referred to by the right hon. and learned Gentleman. Then on six separate occasions, which I have here—in March, July and September, 1963, and three times in March, 1964—we made representations to the President of the Security Council and asked for proper consideration to be given to the Yemeni attacks.

Oral Answers to Questions — Yemen: Fort (R.A.F. Attack) (13 Apr 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: The answer to the hon. Gentleman's last point is "No, Sir". In answer to the penultimate point which he put, we attach the first importance to our relations with the Arab countries, and I hope that the positive suggestions given in my Answer about the frontier, about a possible demilitarised zone, about the possibility of observers, and so forth, will be taken up by the Security Council and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Yemen: Fort (R.A.F. Attack) (13 Apr 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: In my previous answer, I said that we attached great importance to these positive steps, and we hope that they may be followed up.

Oral Answers to Questions — Yemen: Fort (R.A.F. Attack) (13 Apr 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: We have made repeated complaints through the United States Government, who represent us at San'a, to the Yemen Government about these incursions, and we trust that those, combined with these positive steps, will have some effect.

Oral Answers to Questions — Yemen: Fort (R.A.F. Attack) (13 Apr 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: I entirely repudiate the right hon. Gentleman's last suggestion. All decisions taken in this matter have been taken by the Government as a whole, and we all bear an equal share of responsibility. Regarding the right hon. Gentleman's question as to why we did not appeal to the Security Council, we took the step on six or eight occasions—six occasions for certain since March, 1963—of...

Oral Answers to Questions — Yemen: Egyptian Military Forces (13 Apr 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: I would refer my hon. Friend to the information I gave in answer to a Question by my hon. Friend the Member for Chigwell (Mr. Biggs-Davison) on 16th March. Although the terms of reference of the United Nations Observation Mission have been extended until May, there has been no other significant development so far as the Secretary-General's connection with the problem is concerned. We have not...

Oral Answers to Questions — Yemen: Egyptian Military Forces (13 Apr 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: The answer, in general, is in the affirmative. As I have said, we have made representations to the Yemeni authorities.

Oral Answers to Questions — Yemen: Egyptian Military Forces (13 Apr 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: I do not know whether I could undertake to do that immediately, but we are determined to seize the Security Council of any outstanding issue in this difficult part of the world.


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