§ Mr. Longden
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the letters recently dispatched by Mr. Khrushchev to the heads of Western Governments, he will now seek to negotiate the special agreements which, by Article 43 of the Charter of the United Nations, are a condition precedent to the functioning of Chapter VII of the Charter.
§ Mr. P. Thomas
No. It would give Her Majesty's Government considerable satisfaction if, in the light of the replies which various Western Governments have sent to Mr. Khrushchev's message about the peaceful settlement of frontier disputes, the Soviet Union were to adopt a more co-operative attitude towards the question of peace-keeping forces. But I have no reason to suppose that the Soviet Union would now be any readier to conclude these agreements than when deadlock vas reached in the negotiations with them in 1948.