HC Deb 27 March 1950 vol 473 cc39-40
55. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he has considered the appeal by Mr. Trygve Lie for a twenty years peace plan, a copy of which has been sent him; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Ernest Davies

No such plan has been received.

Mr. Hughes

Is the Minister aware of the speech made by Mr. Trygve Lie in New York recently, in which he expressed the point of view of millions of people throughout the world who want an end put to the diplomatic tension? Will he call for a report of that speech, and give it sympathetic consideration?

Mr. Davies

We have seen a report of this speech, which was delivered on 21st March at Washington, and there is no new proposal put forward in it. The statements made by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, however, are being considered, and, of course, if any approach is made to my right hon. Friend he will give it every due consideration.

Mr. Anthony Nutting

Will the Government take an early opportunity of informing Mr. Lie that such public interventions as this, and his previous appeal to the British and Americans to come to terms with the Soviet Union, are as improper for the Secretary-General of such an international organisation as this as they are inadequate for the problems involved?

Mr. Davies

No, Sir. Mr. Trygve Lie as Secretary-General of the United Nations organisation, and in his personal capacity, has a perfect right to express his views.