Would the hon. Gentleman not agree that in this case it would have been better if there had been consultations before two directly conflicting statements of policy were made, as, indeed, they were, and is the hon. Gentleman's own deplorable speech on the Adjournment last week the last word in Government policy on this matter? There is no coordination at all.
I would point out to the hon. Gentleman that the statement made by Mr. Acheson was made in reply to questions which were put to him both before a Congressional Committee and at a Press conference. Obviously, in such circumstances there was no time for him to consult us since he had to act spontaneously. The policy of His Majesty's Government was stated during the Adjournment debate last week.