HC Deb 11 November 1952 vol 507 c765
52. Mr. A. Henderson

asked the Prime Minister how far British naval forces are taking part in the enforcement of a maritime defence zone in Korean waters, which has been the subject of a Russian Note to the United States Government; and whether he will make a statement on the position, in view of the fact that all naval forces in Korean waters are acting on behalf of the United Nations.

The Prime Minister

On 27th of September last the Commander-in-Chief, United Nations Command, proclaimed a maritime defence zone around the coasts of Korea. The object of the zone is to prevent interference with the activities of the United Nations forces, and also the landing of agents and guerillas. Through shipping is not affected. Her Majesty's ships have not so far been called on to assist in enforcing the proclamation.

Mr. Henderson

Will the Prime Minister indicate that it is the view, at any rate of Her Majesty's Government, that any action taken by the forces of the United Nations in Korea is the responsibility of all members of the United Nations and is not to be placed merely on the United States?

The Prime Minister

I see no reason to doubt that the broad general facts of our relationship with other Powers and the United Nations in Korea are fairly well known.