§ 38. Mr. Elwyn Jones
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs why Her Majesty's Government has not yet ratified the 1949 Geneva Convention relating to the treatment of prisoners of war; and when it is proposed to ratify it.
§ Mr. Selwyn Lloyd
Her Majesty's Government intend that the United Kingdom shall ratify the 1949 Geneva Convention relative to the treatment of prisoners of war.
As stated in reply to the hon. and learned Gentleman on 25th June last, legislation will be necessary to enable effect to be given to certain provisions of the Convention; and in accordance with the practice of this country it must be enacted before ratification. I cannot yet say when it will be possible to introduce such legislation.
§ Mr. Lloyd
One of the reasons why there has been some delay is that the legislation which will have to be introduced involves complex and difficult problems, but considerable progress has been made with the preparation of that legislation. As far as the present situation is concerned, the hon. Member will be aware that in the present operations the United Nations Command have said that they are abiding by the provisions of the Geneva Convention.