Oral Answers to Questions — Atlantic Defence (Germany and Spain)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 11th April 1951.

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Photo of Mr Nigel Fisher Mr Nigel Fisher , Hitchin 12:00 am, 11th April 1951

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will reconsider Government policy regarding the inclusion of Spain and Western Germany in the defence arrangements of the Atlantic Pact countries in the light of the recent decision of the United States Senate on this subject.

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Lewisham South

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.

Photo of Mr Nigel Fisher Mr Nigel Fisher , Hitchin

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?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Lewisham South

That depends upon which way the matter of policy is going.

Photo of Captain Robert Ryder Captain Robert Ryder , Merton and Morden

When these matters are discussed, would the right hon. Gentleman make quite sure that our position with regard to Gibraltar is fully understood?

Photo of Mr Herbert Morrison Mr Herbert Morrison , Lewisham South

Yes, Sir. I understand that, too.