HC Deb 26 July 1965 vol 717 c10W
51. Mr. Parker

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether Her Her Majesty's Government will now ratify the 1961 United Nations Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness.

Mr. George Thomson

Her Majesty's Government intend to ratify this Convention, as I have informed the House. An Order-in-Council to amend the British Protectorates, Protected States, and Protected Persons Order, 1949 must, however, first be made. I regret that the drafting of the Order has proved more complicated than was expected and there are still a number of technical difficulties to be solved. I would like to apologise to my hon. Friend that it has not proved practicable to complete this work as quickly as had been hoped when I replied to him on 8th March.