HC Deb 19 March 1956 vol 550 cc798-9
2. Mr. Fenner Brockway

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps Her Majesty's Government propose to take to ensure joint elections in North and South Vietnam in accordance with the decision of the Geneva Conference of July, 1954.

Mr. Selwyn Lloyd

Her Majesty's Government have been in touch with the other members of the Geneva Conference about the implementation of this and other provisions of the Geneva Agreements in Vietnam. I hope this may be among the subjects to be discussed during the visit to be paid to this country next month by members of the Soviet Government.

Mr. Brockway

In view of the fact that the success of the Geneva Conference was one of those cases where all of us could congratulate the Prime Minister, may I ask whether it is not very desirable that the decisions reached at that Conference should be carried out; and, if it is not possible to call the whole Commission together, would not it be possible at least to call the chairmen together to find some solution of this problem?

Mr. Lloyd

I am glad to be able to find myself in agreement with the supplementary question the hon. Member has put, which is not always so; but I quite agree that it is of importance that the provisions of these agreements should be carried through, and it is on this question of the meeting of the co-chairmen that I am now in touch with the Government of the Soviet Union.