HC Deb 05 July 1954 vol 529 c1782
26. Mr. Bing

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will take the initiative in having set up a regional organisation for South-East Asia, confined to and including all States in that area, of a type similar to that existing on the American Continent to which the Security Council can delegate its authority.

Mr. Selwyn Lloyd

I have nothing to add to what my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary said in his speech on 23rd June.

Mr. Bing

The Minister has just said that a regional organisation is the simplest and best method of dealing with these matters. Will he not now use his initiative in setting up, for the South-East Asian States, an arrangement of a type similar to that of the Monroe Powers on the American Continent, to which all such matters can be referred?

Mr. Lloyd

What I have said referred only to the Organisation of American States. If the hon. and learned Gentleman will read what my right hon. Friend said, he will see what kind of arrangements he had in mind as being suitable for South-East Asia.