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Council Of Europe (United Kingdom Delegation)

Volume 526: debated on Wednesday 14 April 1954

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It is my duty, Mr. Speaker, with your permission, to make a statement about the Council of Europe.

The Consultative Assembly will meet at Strasbourg on 20th May and I have appointed 18 delegates from the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The distribution of the appointments between the parties is the same as in the previous delegation, that is, nine Members of the Conservative Party, eight Members of the Labour Party, and a representative of the Liberal Party.

The appointments of the Labour and Liberal representatives have of course been made on the basis of nominations by the Leaders of those Parties. It would perhaps be more convenient if the names, which are numerous, were circulated in the OFFICIAL REPORT.

Following are the names:

United Kingdom Delegation To The Consultative Assembly Of The Council Of Europe

The representatives from the Government benches are my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Joint Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Nutting), my right hon. Friend the Member for Renfrew, West (Mr. Maclay), and my hon. Friends the Members for Buckinghamshire, South (Mr. R. Bell), Birmingham, Handsworth (Sir E. Boyle), Belfast South (Sir D. Campbell), Devizes (Mr. Hollis), Edinburgh, Pentlands (Lord John Hope) and Bebington (Mr. Oakshott) and the noble Lord, Lord Fairfax.

From the Labour Party, the right hon. Gentlemen the Members for Rochester and Chatham (Mr. Bottomley), Lewisham, South (Mr. H. Morrison) and Blyth (Mr. Robens), and the hon. Gentlemen the Members for Cardiff, South-East (Mr. Callaghan), Stockton-on-Tees (Mr. Chetwynd), Lincoln (Mr. de Freitas) and Workington (Mr. Peart) and the noble Lord, Lord Henderson.

From the Liberal Party, the noble Lord, Lord Layton.

The following substitutes are being appointed to act for the delegates when they are absent from Strasbourg: —

From the Government benches, my hon. Friends the Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for Commonwealth Relations (Mr. J. Foster) and the Parliamentary Joint Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Dodds-Parker), and my hon. Friends the Members for Rutherglen (Mr. Brooman-White), Darwen (Mr. Fletcher-Cooke), Clitheroe (Mr. Fort) and Winchester (Mr. Smithers) and the noble Lord, Lord Chesham.

From the Labour Party, the hon. Lady the Member for Coventry, South (Miss Burton) the hon. Gentlemen the Members for Leicester, South-West (Mr. Bowden), Bermondsey (Mr. Mellish) and Dundee, East (Mr. G. M. Thomson).

From the Liberal Party, the hon. Gentleman the Member for Huddersfield. West (Mr. Wade).