§ Mr. Hooley
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will give the reasons for the vote of the United Kingdom in the United Nations General Assembly on 14th December 1977 on the resolution concerning relations between Israel and South Africa which was carried by 88 in favour to 19 against.
§ Mr. Rowlands
We voted against this resolution, in company with our partners in the European Community, the USA and other countries, because we have consistently resisted attempts to condemn 9W Israel for the continuation of normal links with South Africa. The Government of Israel have confirmed that they will observe the mandatory arms embargo against South Africa.