HC Deb 15 November 1965 vol 720 cc19-20W
45. Mr. Warbey

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether it is Her Majesty's Government's policy in the United Nations to treat the seating of the representatives of the Chinese People's Republic, in place of those appointed by the de facto authorities in Formosa, in all the organs of the United Nations as a procedural question to be resolved in accordance with the rules regarding such questions; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. George Thomson

Her Majesty's Government consider that the right organ of the United Nations in which decisions of this kind should be taken is the General Assembly. The United Nations Charter makes no distinction between procedural and non-procedural questions in the General Assembly but lays down that a two-thirds majority is required there for decisions on important ques- tions. Her Majesty's Government believe that the question of a change in Chinese representation, which it supports, is beyond any doubt an important question.