HC Deb 03 March 1947 vol 434 cc18-9
37. Mr. Thomas Reid

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs when the Trusteeship Council of U.N.O. will be established; if its membership will be confined to the representatives of major powers; and what procedure has been proposed for reference to it of matters relating to territories formerly held under mandate which are not referred direct to the Security Council or Asembly.

Mr. Mayhew

I en nations are members of the Trusteeship Council, which was set up in December last. Its general functions and powers are laid down in Chapter 13 of the United Nations Charter. It is, of course, only concerned with territories which have been placed under trusteeship a, the result of the approval of trusteeship agreements by the General Assembly. These territories at present consist of certain former mandated territories.

Mr. Reid

Will my hon. Friend state it a country which held a mandate under the League of Nations is bound to place the territory concerned under the Trusteeship Council?

Mr. Mayhew

That is a different question. The answer is "No."