HC Deb 05 July 1971 vol 820 cc265-6W
Mr. Bishop

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will state for the period 1965 to date, of the United Kingdom delegation to the United Nations General Assembly, how many were men, and how many were women; and how many of these were representatives and alternates, respectively.

Mr. Kershaw

Under Chapter IV, Article 9, paragraph 2, of the Charter of the United Nations each member Stateshall have not more than 5 representatives in the General Assembly". In the years 1965–70 three of these five places in the British delegation have always been filled by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs and the United Kingdom Permanent Representative to the United Nations. There was one woman representative (Lady Gaitskell) in the years 1965–68 inclusive.

Under Rule 25 of the Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly the delegation of a Member shall consist of not more than five representatives and five alternate representatives, and as many advisers, technical advisers, experts and persons of a similar status as may be required by the delegation ".

Since 1965 all five "alternate representatives" have been men. However, each year women members of the United Kingdom Permanent Mission to the United Nations have acted as advisers to the delegates. There were:

2 in 1965. 3 in 1968.
4 in 1966, 6 in 1969
2 in 1967. 4 in 1970.

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