May 17, 1946 (20th Parliament, 2nd Session)

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Mr. M. J. COLD WELL@Rosetown-Biggar

I wish to direct a question to the acting Secretary of State for External Affairs, notice of which I sent him this morning. Will the government on behalf of Canada, a member of the united nations, protest the decision of the security council to deny, at its pleasure, access to the record of any private meeting of the security council?
Right Hon. L. S. ST. LAURENT (Acting
Secretary of State for External Affairs): I
take it that the hon. member's question refers to a report which has appeared in the press to this general effect. We have not yet received the official record of the' security council meeting at which this question seems to have been discussed, and pending receipt of the official documents it would seem to be premature to make any public comment. I may add that we are following very closely the proceedings of the committee of experts *which is drawing up rules of procedure for the council.
Mr. COLD WELL; When the record is
received, with the rules of procedure, will the government make a statement?
Mr. ST. LAURENT: The government
will give the report of the security council meeting and the recommendations of the committee of experts very careful consideration, and if they appear to require some action on the part of the government there will be an appropriate declaration in the house before that action is taken.

Topic:   UNITED NATIONS
Subtopic:   DENIAL OF ACCESS TO RECORDS OF PRIVATE MEETINGS OF SECURITY COUNCIL
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