HC Deb 02 April 1971 vol 814 cc1825-6
Mr. Shore

Mr. Speaker, may I ask the Foreign Secretary, through you, whether he will consider making a statement this morning on the events in East Bengal? I have managed at short notice to communicate with the Foreign Office about this matter. I think that the House will agree that, in view of the reports of the escalation of the killing there and the likelihood that many lives will be lost during the coming weekend, it would be desirable if the right hon. Gentleman could tell the House of his information of what is happening, and give us the opportunity of putting questions to him and pressing upon him our concern about these events.

Mr. Speaker

I have had no notice of any statement. But the right hon. Gentleman is here.

The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Sir Alec Douglas Home)

If it will help the House, may I say that I hope to make a full statement on the situation in Pakistan on Monday. At the moment, as far as my information goes, the position is as I stated it when I last made a statement, that no United Kingdom citizens have been killed or hurt so far.

Mr. Shore

I thank the right hon. Gentleman for that information. I hope he has taken the opportunity to impress upon the Pakistan Government that we are concerned not only for the lives of our own nationals, but equally about the slaughter, as it may be, of innocent people supporting a democratically-elected majority Government as represented by the Awami League.

Mr. Speaker

The right hon. Gentleman has made his point. I think that we must now come back to more regular procedures.

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