HC Deb 24 July 1958 vol 592 cc674-5
47. Mr. Zilliacus

asked the Prime Minister whether the statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer at Sher-borne on 19th July to the effect that British intervention in Jordan was for the purpose of protecting the independence of that country against subversive action deliberately engineered from outside, represents the policy of the Government.

The Prime Minister

Yes, Sir.

Mr. Zilliacus

Is not it a fact that Article 51 of the Charter limits the right to resort to force in defence without the authorisation of the Security Council to occasions when there is an armed attack? Does not this extension of the Article amount to interference in the internal affairs of member States contrary to the Charter?

The Prime Minister

We debated all this at some length some days ago and I hardly consider this a suitable occasion, in answer to a supplementary question, to start the debate again.