HC Deb 01 March 1965 vol 707 cc164-5W
56. Lady Tweedsmuir

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what were the considerations that led Her Majesty's Government to agree to postpone a decision on the issues involved in Article 19 of the United Nations Charter, involving member States' financial contributions.

Mr. M. Stewart

Her Majesty's Government believed that it would have been wrong to compel the Assembly to vote on the application of Article 19 whilst there remained a possibility of a negotiated solution. We considered that the outcome whichever way the vote went would have done more harm to the United Nations than a further postponement. The overwhelming majority of members shared this view.