HC Deb 19 December 1955 vol 547 cc243-4W
62. Mrs. Castle

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what was the evidence on which a Foreign Office spokesman based his announcement of 13th December to the effect that an Israeli attack on Syrian Army posts the previous day was unprovoked.

64. Mr. S. Silverman

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs why he authorised an anonymous Foreign Office spokesman to make a statement apportioning blame for a recent incident on the Israel-Syrian frontier while that incident was still under investigation by the United Nations Truce Supervision Commission.

Mr. Turton

The statement made by the Foreign Office spokesman was based, as it made clear, on the information available at the time, including reports from Her Majesty's Representatives. Subsequent information has provided corroboration.

78. Mr. Grimond

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement on the protest made to the Israeli ambassador over the recent attack on Syrian frontier positions; and what action Her Majesty's Government intend to take at the United Nations.

Mr. Nutting

The Israel Ambassador was told on 15th December that Her Majesty's Government deplored the wanton Israeli attack on Syria and would support an appeal to the United Nations by Syria. The Security Council began discussion of the incident on 16th December but adjourned, pending receipt of a full report from General Burns. The United Kingdom delegate and nine other members expressed the grave concern of their Governments at the incident.