HC Deb 20 December 1954 vol 535 cc2427-8
44. Mr. Brockway

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what action the British delegation to the United Nations has taken on the proposal by the Reverend Michael Scott to the Fourth Committee that the Specialised Agencies should assist agricultural, medical, educational and social betterment in South-West Africa.

Lord John Hope

The Reverend Michael Scott made no proposal on this subject to the Fourth Committee. The question does not, therefore, arise.

Mr. Brockway

Will the hon. Gentleman look into this matter again? May I urge him to do so, in the hope that he will find that proposals in this sense actually have been made by the Reverend Michael Scott?

Lord John Hope

No proposal was made by the Reverend Michael Scott to the Fourth Committee. A resolution embodying a similar proposal was passed by the Assembly on 23rd November, and upon that the United Kingdom delegation abstained from the vote because it was felt that the Resolution was not in accordance with the advisory opinion of the International Court of Justice on the subject of South-West Africa, given in 1950.