§ 6. Mr. G. M. Thomson
asked the Lord Privy Seal what progress has been made with Her Majesty's Government's proposal to set up an international committtee of experts to examine disarmament control.
§ Mr. Thomson
Would the Lord Privy Seal be kind enough to answer the Question on the Order Paper? What has happened about the Government's proposal for this committee of experts? Is he aware that the American Administration are taking the matter seriously, and should not a country in Britain's position give a real lead in studying the problems of disarmament?
§ Mr. Heath
It was our own original proposal that this committee of experts should be set up, but the point of my Answer is that when the Assembly adjourned no decision had been reached on the resolution. We are immensely keen that this should be put into action, but must await the next meeting of the Assembly before further action can be taken on the resolution.
§ Mr. P. Noel-Baker
When the Assembly comes together again, will the Minister consider adding to our proposal the further proposal that the experts should study, not only control and inspection, but disarmament as well? Will he also consider whether Her Majesty's Government cannot prepare a detailed disarmament plan to lay before the United Nations negotiating organ when it is set up?
§ 21. Mr. A. Henderson
asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he will make a statement on the latest Western proposals for submission to the Ten-Power Disarmament Committee; and if he will now state the date of its next meeting.
§ Mr. Henderson
Will the right hon. Gentleman look at my Question? I asked what were the latest proposals for submission to the Committee. I am asking whether we are to assume that the proposals of 27th June last year which were put forward by the United States Government with the consent of Her Majesty's Government are the final disarmament offer to be put forward by the West. May we take it that consultations are taking place between Her Majesty's Government, the French Government and the United States Government with a view to putting forward fresh proposals when the Committee again meets?
§ Mr. Heath
Since the ending of the disarmament conference in the summer as the result of this walk-out there were the further developments and disarmament resolutions at the United Nations Assembly in the autumn. We are in the closest consultation with our allies about the disarmament position and we are hopeful that we shall be able to make more progress when the Assembly resumes.