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Judea And Samaria

Volume 21: debated on Wednesday 31 March 1982

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asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will list in the Official Report the countries, other than the United Kingdom and Pakistan, which consider the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to be the legal owner of that part of Palestine known by it as the West Bank, or in United Nations General Assembly resolution 181 II, part II (a), 29th November 1947, as Judea and Samaria.

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, comprising both the former territory of Transjordan and the territories referred to, was accepted into the United Nations on 14 December 1955 without objection.

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether, pursuant to the reply by the Minister of State on 8 March, Official Report, columns 345–46, he will list (a) any public statements recorded by Her Majesty's Government since the Arab conference in Rabat in 1974 in which the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has reasserted its sovereign territorial claims over Judea and Samaria, which it calls the West Bank, and (b) any statements affirming that the Palestine Liberation Organisation is to be regarded as the sole legal representative of the Arab population of that area and to be treated as such by the international community.

The information for which my hon. Friend asks will take time to collect. I shall write to him.