82. Mr. Colin Jackson
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what progress has been made at the meetings of the United Nations Special Committee on Peace-keeping; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Mr. George Brown
The Special Committee agreed only that its Mandate should be renewed. The General Assembly approved this proposal and the Committee is to report to the 22nd Session of the Assembly.
Lord Caradon set out the views of Her Majesty's Government at the Special United Nations Assembly on the 22nd May, to which I have nothing to add. In general, Her Majesty's Government will continue to advocate the practical proposals on United Nations peacekeeping which I outlined in my speech to the United Nations General Assembly on 11th October last.
§ Mr. Luard
Given the fact that there has been no appreciable progress on this subject at all, either in the Peace-keeping Committee or in the General 1520 Assembly, for the last three to four years, has not the time come for the Government to get together with other Governments which support peace-keeping operations, especially those which have earmarked forces for this purpose to consider both their organisational and operational problems and the financing of these forces?
§ Sir Alec Douglas-Home
The right hon. Gentleman will recollect the Prime Minister saying that certain units of Her Majesty's forces had been earmarked for a force to support the United Nations and in any case of need would be immediately ready. Can the Foreign Secretary say which they are and where they are?
§ Mr. Brown
I do not think that that question arises out of this at all. The Question on the Order Paper is about a statement on the progress of the meetings of the United Nations Special Committee on Peace-keeping. I have answered this and if the right hon. Gentleman has any question in mind I will be happy to answer it if he would put it down.