HC Deb 11 June 1968 vol 766 cc30-1
Q9. Mr. Archer

asked the Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of his public speech to the Church Assembly in Scotland on human rights on Sunday, 26th May.

Q10. Mr. Rose

asked the Prime Minister if he will place in the Library a copy of his public address to the Church Assembly in Scotland on Saturday, 25th May.

The Prime Minister

I have already done so, Sir.

Mr. Archer

My own researches confirm my right hon. Friend's answer and I thank him for his action. Will he confirm that, with a few rather bad exceptions, the civilised world is moving towards a consensus about the proper treatment of minorities and that, if the Race Relations Bill reaches the Statute Book substantially in its present form, we shall shortly be in a position to ratify the United Nations Convention on Racial Discrimination?

The Prime Minister

My speech referred to the Race Relations Bill but in a non-political and non-party sense appropriate to a gathering of that kind. Indeed, I went so far as to quote what had been said by certain right hon. Members opposite on the question. I agree that some of the deep disappointments there have been in other countries, and the attempt, which appalled so many of us recently, to whip up racial hatred in this country, are exceptions to the decent views of the people of this country and of most other countries where we have seen these manifestations as well.

Mr. Eldon Griffiths

What is the Prime Minister doing about the improvement of race relations in Nigeria?

The Prime Minister

If the hon. Gentleman is referring to the extremely difficult situation following the breakdown of the talks which we tried so hard to get established in Kampala, my right hon. Friend will be answering a Question, I understand, at the end of Question Time on the whole situation in relation to Nigeria.