HC Deb 16 December 1968 vol 775 c854
11. Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs following his official statement to the United Nations General Assembly on 19th October, 1968, what new proposals he has regarding the with drawing of United Kingdom reservations to the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice.

Mr. Goronwy Roberts

It is proposed that a revised Declaration, substantially reducing our existing reservations to acceptance of the compulsory jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice, should be deposited with the United Nations Secretary-General on 1st January, 1969. As on previous occasions, the text will be published as a White Paper.

Mr. Dodds-Parker

First, does that need legislation? Second, has any Communist country accepted the compulsory jurisdiction of the Court, with or without reservations?

Mr. Roberts

I regret that I should need notice of the second part of that supplementary question. On the first part, I am advised that it does not need legislation, but the House will be in a position to debate the matter.

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