HC Deb 08 March 1954 vol 524 cc1711-2
6. Mr. George Craddock

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what study has yet been made by Her Majesty's Government in preparation for the proposed revision of the United Nations Charter in 1955.

The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Anthony Eden)

The proposal to call a General Conference in accordance with Article 109 of the Charter for the purpose of reviewing the Charter will be placed on the Agenda of the 10th Session of the General Assembly in 1955. A Conference is therefore unlikely before 1956. It is too early to make any statement concerning Her Majesty's Government's conclusions or intentions.

Mr. Craddock

I am obliged to the Foreign Secretary, but does he not think that this is a very important matter and that the present is not too soon to study this problem in preparation for 1955 and 1956?

Mr. Eden

It is certainly an important matter, and we are beginning preliminary examination of the question, but I am not yet in a position to state our views, which, as the hon. Gentleman will realise, require careful consideration with some other Powers, especially, for instance, the Commonwealth countries, with which we are in close touch on the matter, and shall be.