HC Deb 21 January 1953 vol 510 cc201-2
40. Sir R. Acland

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has completed his study of the report of the international panel of jurists on the political activities or affiliations of members of the United Nations Secretariat; whether he will support proposals by Canada, India, Sweden and other countries for the matter to be the subject of early debate by the United Nations Assembly; and whether he will place in the Library copies of the jurists' report and of any comprehensive comments thereon circulated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

The Minister of State (Mr. Selwyn Lloyd)

Yes, Sir. The report has now been studied in the Foreign Office. It will be considered by the General Assembly when it reconvenes next month in connection with a report from the Secretary-General on policy regarding personnel. This item has been placed on the agenda at the request of the Secretary-General. A copy of the jurists' report has already been placed in the Library and a copy of the Secretary-General's report will be placed there when published.

Mr. Noel-Baker

Is the Minister satisfied that the jurists' report really starts from the right point, namely, the loyalty of United Nations officials to the International Organisation as such?

Mr. Selwyn Lloyd

I think it would be much wiser to abstain from comment on the jurists' report until we have given the Secretary-General the opportunity of first making his comment upon it.

Mr. Noel-Baker

But will the Minister consider that point?

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