HC Deb 17 June 1963 vol 679 cc26-7
37. Mr. Biggs-Davison

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he has now obtained reports from the United Nations about the Egyptian bombardment of civilians and their villages in Yemen, in view of the fact that international conventions have been infringed by such bombardment.

Mr. Heath

The advance party of the United Nations Observer Team only arrived in the area last Friday and it is too soon to expect any report to have reached the Secretary-General.

Mr. Biggs-Davison

Do Her Majesty's Government doubt the reliable reports of cruel and inhuman air bombardment by the Egyptians of Yemeni civilian targets? Does not the absence of any protest at the United Nations reveal an alarming decline in international morality?

Mr. Heath

My hon. Friend asked me what reports we had received from the United Nations, and I have told him that we cannot yet expect to receive any. We have no means of either confirming or denying the other reports which we have received.

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