HC Deb 20 December 1954 vol 535 cc209-10W
63. Mr. Elwyn Jones

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how the United Kingdom delegate voted at the Sixth Committee of the Ninth General Assembly of the United Nations on the Venezuelan motion that the time was not ripe to consider the question of the establishment of an international court of justice; and if he will place a copy of the speeches in the Library.

Mr. Turton

I presume the hon. Member is referring to the project for an international criminal court, and not to the International Court of Justice at The Hague which has been established for many years. The Venezuelan draft resolution to which the hon. Member refers proposed postponing consideration of the question of any international criminal court "until the General Assembly has taken up the report of the new special committee on the question of defining aggression and has taken up again the Draft Code of Offences against the Peace and Security of Mankind." This resolution was adopted in the Sixth Committee by 37 votes in favour, none against and seven abstentions. The United Kingdom delegate voted in favour. Summary records of the debates, as of the other United Nations debates, are already in the Library.

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