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United Nations Day (Observance)

Volume 478: debated on Monday 18 September 1950

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asked the Prime Minister what steps His Majesty's Government is taking to ensure that, in view of the importance of the United Nations for the whole effort to preserve world peace and resist aggression, there is this year a nation-wide observance of United Nations Day.

His Majesty's Government recognise the importance of ensuring a nation wide observance of United Nations Day on 24th October. They are co-operating fully with the United Nations Information Centre in London and the United Nations Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in plans to this end. One hundred thousand United Nations posters are. for example, being produced and distributed throughout the country. A circular is being sent out by the Ministry of Education calling the attention of all schools to the significance of the occasion.

Would the Prime Minister invite the co-operation of the B.B.C. on this occasion in order to give nation-wide publicity to United Nations Day, in view of the successful resistance of the United Nations in Korea?

Yes, Sir; plans are under consideration for working with the B.B.C. in this matter.

Would the Prime Minister accept from me an assurance that we should endorse an arrangement of this kind on this occasion?

Would the Prime Minister give the number of members of the United Nations who are not, as yet, fighting in Korea?

Is the Prime Minister aware that his answer will meet with the approval of all parties, and I am sure of the whole country, since it is more than ever necessary at this time that this day should be observed by all nations?