HC Deb 14 February 1956 vol 548 cc2169-71
47 and 49. Mr. Zilliacus

asked the Prime Minister (1) whether he will give the dates, titles and authors of the documents and manifestos in which, according to the Declaration of Washington, Communist rulers have announced their intention to spread Communism over the whole world by military, among other, means; and whether he will publish the relevant passages from these documents and manifestos as a White Paper;

(2) which are the peoples who, according to the Declaration of Washington, have been forcibly incorporated in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; the names of the ten once independent nations which, according to the Washington Declaration, are compelled to work for the aggrandisement of the Soviet State; and whether he will give an assurance that Her Majesty's Government will continue to conduct their relations with all the East and Central European Members of the United Nations consistently with the obligations of the United Nations Charter.

The Prime Minister

The hon. Gentleman has misquoted the Washington Declaration.

The hon. Member must be well aware of the facts of Communist doctrine and propaganda, and I see no need on this occasion to reproduce them all in a White Paper. The hon. Member must also be aware of the names of the former Baltic States and of the satellite States.

I can see no need for any further assurance that Her Majesty's Government will conduct themselves consistently with their obligations under the United Nations Charter.

Mr. Zilliacus

On the former point, may I ask if the Prime Minister denies that, according to the Declaration of Washington, numerous documents and manifestos exist in which the Communist leaders have proclaimed their intention to spread Communism throughout the world by military, among other, means? That is not an exact quotation, but that is the meaning of it. If the Prime Minister does deny that, will he also deny that such statements exist, because they do not exist? That is the first point.

The Prime Minister

I want to quote from the Declaration, and not from the hon. Gentleman's interpretation of it. What it says is slightly different, but very importantly different. Our Declaration says: The Communist rulers have expressed in numerous documents and manifestos their purpose to extend the practice of Communism by every possible means until it encompasses the world. I think that is an accurate statement of fact. We then go on to say that to this end they have used military and political force in the past.

Mr. Zilliacus

Does "every possible means" include military means or not? That is what I want to know to begin with. On the second point, is it not a fact that under the Charter we are pledged to respect the territorial integrity and political independence of members of the United Nations, and not to interfere in their internal affairs? Is this an obligation which applies also to the States of Eastern Europe?

The Prime Minister

The world would be a considerably happier place if some for whom the hon. Gentleman is now protesting would follow the practice against which he is inveighing.

Mr. Nicholson

Is not this innocence and ignorance of otherwise intelligent people absolutely bewildering?

Mr. Daines

Does the Prime Minister recognise that Russian actions speak far louder than their words?