§ 33. Commander Courtney
asked the Lord Privy Seal to what extent it is now the policy of Her Majesty's Government 389 to take such steps as may be practicable with a view to facilitating Chinese membership of the United Nations.
§ Commander Courtney
Is my right hon. Friend aware that on 28th January the Japanese Prime Minister stated in a public speech that Great Britain was against the entry of China into the United Nations? Will he take steps to correct this obviously erroneous impression?
§ Mr. P. Noel-Baker
Will the Minister make it plain that, under the Charter, China is a member of the United Nations and that the question which arises is that of according to her the seat in the United Nations which is legally hers?
§ Mr. C. Osborne
Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that while the Communist Government in China is undoubtedly anxious to get its rightful seat in the United Nations, what it really requires above that is food, oil and the credits to buy them? Will he do his best to see whether we can help in this way rather than by trying to push at the United Nations?
§ Mr. P. Noel-Baker
Did the right hon. Gentleman's last reply to me mean that he was really seriously suggesting that Formosa represents China?
§ Sir P. Agnew
Further to the reply he has already given, would my right hon. Friend bear in mind that if the People's Government of China is to be given a seat in the United Nations, recognition should not be withdrawn from the Government of China which occupies and rules over the island of Formosa, but that they should be given simultaneous recognition?
§ Mr. Heath
My hon. Friend has pointed out one of the difficulties of the situation. I should make clear to the right hon. Member for Derby, South (Mr. P. Noel-Baker) that our position was clearly stated in the speech of my hon. Friend in which, briefly, he said that we have extended recognition to the Peking Government and therefore, prima facie, one would expect that Government to be in the United Nations.