HC Deb 08 July 1968 vol 768 c5
4. Mr. Archer

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make proposals at the United Nations, with a view to the establishment of machinery to implement the Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery, comparable with that relating to the Convention on Refugees.

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Goronwy Roberts)

The Economic and Social Council has recently decided to establish a list of experts to advise States concerned with liquidating slavery and the slave trade. I think we must see how this works before proposing new measures. But I shall meanwhile try to arrange for my hon. Friend's interesting idea to be considered in the course of a study of measures to implement the slavery conventions which will shortly be initiated by the United Nations Sub-Commission on the Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities;.

Mr. Archer

I thank my right hon. Friend for that Answer. Does he not agree that every day during which the Supplementary Convention remains a dead letter is a further day of personal tragedy for millions of people? Will he make sure that it does not continue to remain a dead letter?

Mr. Roberts

I expect that this sub-commission which I mentioned will have a very close look at the implementation of the two Conventions.