HC Deb 17 March 1958 vol 584 cc888-9
3. Colonel Beamish

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will publish in the OFFICIAL REPORT the Resolutions passed by the United Nations General Assembly condemning the Soviet Union's military suppression of the attempt by Hungary to regain her independence; by what majorities these Resolutions were passed; and to what extent they have now been complied with by the Soviet Government.

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (Commander Allan Noble)

In all, the General Assembly of the United Nations has passed eleven Resolutions on Hungary. Of these, four directly condemned military intervention by the Soviet Union. I am arranging for the texts of these four Resolutions and for the figures regarding the voting on them to be circulated in the OFFICIAL REPORT. These Resolutions were adopted by majorities ranging from forty-eight votes to eleven with sixteen abstentions, to sixty votes to ten with ten abstentions. The Soviet Government ignored all these Resolutions.

Colonel Beamish

Is my right hon. and gallant Friend aware that the tragedy of Hungary has been deepened since last summer by reason of the fact that the Soviet Government, so far from complying with the United Nations Resolutions, have viciously tightened the screw? Is my right hon. and gallant Friend further aware that many thousands of Hungarians have been deported, hanged or sent to prison or to forced labour since last summer?

Commander Noble

I think that this Question and answer point to the fact that the General Assembly has no power to enforce its Resolutions and that this is an example of what may happen when a country refuses to abide by them.

Following are the resolutions: