HC Deb 08 May 1968 vol 764 cc105-6W
Mr. Biggs-Davison

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what consultations Her Britannic Majesty's Ambassador held with members of the Diplo- matic Corps in Tel-Aviv regarding the Independence Day celebrations in Jerusalem; and whether he will make a statement.

Mr. Goronwy Roberts

Her Majesty's Ambassador in Tel Aviv is in regular contact with his colleagues of the Diplomatic Corps in Tel Aviv on a variety of subjects. I cannot, however, reveal the contents of these exchanges which are confidential.

Her Majesty's Government made their position on the subject of the Israel Independence Day celebrations in Jerusalem last week, quite clear when they voted for the Security Council resolutions of 27th April and 2nd May on the Jerusalem Parade. My right hon. and noble Friend, Lord Caradon, explained to the Council Her Majesty's Government's concern that nothing should be done from any quarter which might increase tension or lessen the chances of achieving a peaceful settlement in the Middle East.