HC Deb 18 November 1968 vol 773 cc193-4W
Mr. Peter Mills

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he will seek to ratify the International Convention on the Eliminatiton of all forms of Racial Discrimination; and if he will undertake to do this before 10th December, 1968.

Mr. Goronwy Roberts

As I said on 21st October, we have this question very much in mind. It has, of course, been necessary for us to await the passage into law of the Race Relations Act, since its precise form might have affected our ability to accept the obligations which the Convention would impose. I am well aware that it is desirable to reach a decision on this before the end of Human Rights Year, and I very much hope that this may be possible.

I am afraid however that I cannot give an undertaking that a decision will be reached by the 10th December. [Vol. 770, c. 205.]