His Majesty's Government, together with the other North Atlantic Treaty Governments, have already agreed to the principle of a German contribution to Western defence. The participation of Spain in such arrangements is a matter for consideration by North Atlantic Treaty Governments in common. As regards the policy of His Majesty's Government, I have nothing to add to the reply already given to the hon. Member on 29th January.
While I do not wish in any way to be political or provocative about the question of Spain, would not the right hon. Gentleman agree that there should be the closest possible consultation between us and the United States of America so as to ensure the minimum divergence between us on these important matters of policy?