HC Deb 24 February 1943 vol 387 cc139-40
2. Mr. Douglas

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many nations have adhered to the Atlantic Charter; and in which cases ratification is necessary in order that the adhesion may become binding?

Mr. Eden

Thirty-four nations have adhered to the Atlantic Charter. The Charter is a declaration of principle to which it is open to any Government to express adherence. The question of ratification does not arise.

Mr. Douglas

Are we to understand that it is not binding upon any Government that adheres to it?

Mr. Eden

I did not say that. Pronouncements can be binding without being ratified.