HC Deb 09 February 1955 vol 536 cc1900-1
70 and 71. Mr. Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (1) if he will instruct the British delegate to the United Nations to declare, during the discussions of the Formosa problem, that, if the Chinese People's Government accept the invitation to be present, Great Britain will only support such discussions on condition that the Chinese People's Government are admitted as full members of the United Nations with a seat on the Security Council;

(2) what recent action he has taken, either by discussions with the United States Government or through the United Nations, to secure the admission of the People's Government of China to the United Nations Organisation and a seat on the Security Council, in accordance with the declared policy of Her Majesty's Government.

The Joint Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. R. H. Turton)

I have nothing to add to my right hon. Friend's answer to the hon. Member for Salford, West (Mr. Royle) on 7th February.

Mr. Lewis

There have been quite a lot of changes since that date. Is the Minister aware that in all probability one of the reasons the Chinese Government have not been too helpful and hopeful recently is that they resent the fact that they do not yet have their proper place on the Security Council? Will the hon. Gentleman not now at least say that it is still the Government's policy, and that the Government will do everything possible, to get the Peking Government properly represented on the Security Council?

Mr. Turton

My right hon. Friend has made it quite clear that our object in this dispute is to get the fighting stopped.