HC Deb 08 April 1982 vol 21 cc416-7W
Mr. Skeet

asked the Prime Minister if she will ensure that no treaty relating to the status of the Falkland Islands is concluded without the prior consent of Parliament.

The Prime Minister

The Government have given repeated assurances that no agreement affecting the status of the Falkland Islands will be concluded without the consent of the Islanders and of Parliament.

Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Prime Minister whether she will seek the assistance of His Holiness the Pope to mediate in the Falkland Islands problem.

The Prime Minister

We have made no request for mediation. As part of our wide international representations, we have approached the Holy See asking their support in the international condemnation of the Argentine invasion.

Mr. Winnick

asked the Prime Minister if it is the policy of Her Majesty's Government to act at all times over the situation in the Falkland Islands in accordance with the wishes and resolutions of the Security Council of the United Nations.

The Prime Minister

Her Majesty's Government comply with mandatory resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.

Mr. Canavan

asked the Prime Minister why correspondents from Scottish newspapers who are members of the Scottish Daily Newspaper Society were excluded from consideration for the list of correspondents selected to accompany the British Fleet to the Falkland Islands; and whether she will issue appropriate instructions to the Ministry of Defence to make provision for correspondents from Scottish newspapers to cover any Ministry of Defence activities that concern readers in Scotland as well as in England.

The Prime Minister

Scottish newspapers are represented in the press party accompanying the Falkland Islands task force.