HC Deb 31 July 1962 vol 664 cc408-9
Q7. Mr. A. Henderson

asked the Prime Minister if, with a view to raising the matter at the United Nations as a threat to peace, he will consult Mr. Nehru about the situation on the frontiers of India and China, where troops of both nations are engaged in hostilities.

The Prime Minister

I think the means of achieving a solution to this problem can best be left to the Governments of India and China.

Mr. Henderson

Is it not the fact that the disputed territory in question, in Ladakh, was recognised as part of India by the previous Governments of India long before independence was granted in 1947?

The Prime Minister

Yes, Sir.

Mr. Warbey

Does the Prime Minister appreciate that it would be more likely that the United Nations could use its good offices to secure a peaceful settlement of the Sino-India dispute if China were a member of the United Nations?

The Prime Minister

It would, of course, be possible then for both countries to bring the matter to the United Nations, but I do not frankly think that this is a matter in which we should intervene at the present moment.

Mr. Speaker

I think that we had better now resume our robe of regularity. Mr. Sandys.