HC Deb 19 June 1961 vol 642 cc938-9
24. Mr. Warbey

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he has yet received the Eleventh Interim Report from the International Commission for Supervision and Control in Vietnam; and when it will be published.

Mr. Godber

This report has not yet been received; I expect it to be published in the usual way once it has been circulated to all the Governments concerned.

Mr. Warbey

Is it not unlikely that this report will be able to deal with the recent happenings which included the unofficial decision of the American Government to reinforce their military aid advisory group in South Vietnam and to send American officers to lead the South Vietnamese forces in guerrilla activities? Will the right hon. Gentleman therefore ask the International Commission to make a special investigation and to report on this flagrant violation of the Geneva Agreements?

Mr. Godber

I think that my right hon. Friend did deal with that aspect upon a previous Question by the hon. Member. If anyone violates the Geneva Agreements—and I hope, incidentally, that the hon. Member is not forgetting the Communist violence now tormenting that unhappy country—then it will be the function of the I.C.C. to report the facts and of the Co-Chairmen to consider what action should be taken; but we cannot be asked to speak hypothetically on the functions of other Governments.