HC Deb 03 February 1960 vol 616 cc142-3W
102. Mr. A. Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs on what date he received the appeal for world disarmament from the Chairman and Supreme Soviet of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; whether he will publish the text of this appeal in HANSARD; whether he will give the date of his reply; and whether he will publish this reply in HANSARD.

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

The text of this Appeal was received at the Foreign Office on 18th January under cover of a Note from the Soviet Embassy requesting that it be transmitted to Parliament and to Her Majesty's Government. A reply was sent to the Embassy on 21st January stating that copies of the Appeal had been forwarded as requested. The text of the Appeal, with an English translation, is available in the Library and I see no reason to publish it in HANSARD.

It would not be proper for Her Majesty's Government to send any further reply to a communication from the parliament of another country.