HC Deb 11 February 1946 vol 419 cc3-4
7. Major Freeman

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been drawn to a speech by His Majesty's Ambassador to the U.S.A. containing the statement that neither Great Britain nor the U.S.A. would be prepared at present to take the risk of leaving world security to an international force; and whether this is an official statement of the policy of His Majesty's Government.

Mr. McNeil

I have seen the text of the remarks by His Majesty's Ambassador to which my hon. and gallant Friend refers. The relevant passage runs: Probably neither your nation nor mine would be prepared today to take the risk of leaving security exclusively to some international force. The context makes it clear that Lord Halifax was referring to a purely international force depending on a world government, and not to national forces placed at the disposal of an international authority, as provided for in the Charter of the United Nations, and it is upon the Charter that His Majesty's Government founds its foreign policy.