HC Deb 22 March 1945 vol 409 cc983-4
46. Mr. Gallacher

asked the Prime Minister what special instructions will be given to the representatives going to San Francisco; and will they be published.

Mr. Attlee

The object of our delegation to the San Francisco Conference is to reach agreement upon the Charter of a World Security Organisation, on the basis of the Dumbarton Oaks Proposals as supplemented by the provisions agreed upon at the Crimea Conference about voting in the Security Council. It would, however, be contrary to established usage to publish any specific instructions which may be issued by the Government to our delegation.

Mr. Gallacher

I put this Question down in order to ask the Prime Minister a supplementary question. It would misfire if I put it to the Deputy Prime Minister, so I will not ask it.

Sir Percy Harris

Does the right hon. Gentleman think there will be a discussion in the Conference on the right to amend the proposals, particularly the voting proposals?

Mr. Attlee

It is not in my power at present to say what arrangements are to be made. The Conference has not yet been assembled, and I have not heard any details.

Mr. Moelwyn Hughes

Will the Government take the opportunity of getting the views of this House on the Dumbarton Oaks proposals before we are committed at San Francisco?

Mr. Attlee

That is another matter. Any question in regard to Debates in the House should be addressed to the Leader of the House.

Mr. Petherick

Are we to understand that His Majesty's Government's representatives will go to San Francisco; that they will agree to executive action with other Powers, and will return to this House and ask for a vote of confidence, as has been done before; and that we shall be asked to sign, on the dotted line, something that has been done without this House ever having been consulted?

Mr. Attlee

My hon. Friend is quite wrong.

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