HC Deb 09 July 1956 vol 556 cc28-9
42. Mr. N. Nicolson

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs when Her Majesty's Government intend to deposit the Instrument of ratification for the Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons which was signed by the United Kingdom Plenipotentiary on 28th September, 1954.

Lord John Hope

The question of ratification is still under discussion with the Departments concerned, but I hope that it will not be long delayed.

Mr. Nicolson

Is it not a fact that, of the 22 nations which made this Convention, none has so far ratified it, although it was made in September, 1954, and since, as our own representative said at the time, there is no administrative difficulty so far as we are concerned, could not we set an example in ratification to the other 21 countries?

Lord John Hope

I hope that we can. As a matter of fact, Denmark has ratified the Convention, and did so in January, 1956.

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