HC Deb 26 November 1953 vol 521 cc522-3
46. Mr. Wyatt

asked the Prime Minister whether he will urge, at Bermuda, that Britain, France and the United States of America should make a joint declaration that, in the event of direct or indirect aggression against Siam, Burma, Pakistan or India, they would at once come to the aid of the threatened country.

The Prime Minister

The integrity of any free country threatened by aggression, particularly of any member of the Commonwealth, is, naturally, of the closest concern to Her Majesty's Government as a loyal member of the United Nations. No additional or particular declarations appear to be necessary, either at Bermuda or elsewhere.

Mr. Wyatt

Will the Prime Minister bear in mind that one of the contributory factors leading to the invasion of South Korea was ignorance on the part of the Communists as to what we would do if South Korea were attacked? Does he not think it is very important, to avoid such further action, to make clear, in advance, what we would do if such a thing happened again?

Mr. T. Reid

Does not the Prime Minister think, in view of the danger to all the countries in South-East Asia, that it is high time that Burma. India and Pakistan abandoned their policy of neutrality?

Mr. Noel-Baker

Are we right in understanding the Prime Minister's answer to mean that we stand by the principle of resistance to aggression, which we upheld in Korea, wherever the aggression may be?

The Prime Minister

Yes, Sir, certainly; and, also, we continue to be members of the United Nations.