HC Deb 06 February 1968 vol 758 cc227-8
Q2. Mr. Onslow

asked the Prime Minister what plans he has regarding the celebration of Human Rights Year.

The Prime Minister

Her Majesty's Government have made a grant of £10,000 to the United Kingdom Committee for Human Rights Year, a non-governmental body which is organising a programme of activities. We have also invited the United Nations Secretary-General to hold a seminar in London next June on freedom of association and we intend to participate fully in the International Conference on Human Rights in Tehran in April.

Mr. Onslow

Since human rights really begin at home, does the right hon. Gentleman expect any of that to be regarded as an adequate substitute for a General Election?

The Prime Minister

Democracy in this country, unlike that in some countries supported by hon. Gentlemen opposite—[lnterruption.]—is based on a Parliamentary majority returned at a General Election, which was held at the proper time—indeed, ahead of the proper time.

Dr. Gray

Would my right hon. Friend say what progress has been made in implementing the principle of equal pay for equal work and in respect of discrimination against women?

The Prime Minister

My hon. Friend will be aware that I answered that on the last occasion we had supplementaries on Human Rights Year. He will also, no doubt, have seen the statement in the T.U.C. 's report following its discussions with us.