During my recent visit to the United States, in addition to delivering two public speeches, I was able to have some very full private discussions with President Eisenhower, and with the United States Secretary of State. We issued no communiqué at the end of these talks because they had not a formal character, nor did we feel the need to agree a formal record. Indeed, the object of our talks was to exchange views rather than to reach specific decisions on particular subjects.
We did, in fact, discuss most of the major problems of the day and I am glad to say that I found that the views of Her Majesty's Government and the United States Government were closely in accord.
In Canada I had the opportunity of several discussions with the Prime Minister of Canada as well as with other Canadian Ministers. I also had the honour to address both Houses of the Canadian Parliament and I was invited to attend a meeting of the Canadian Cabinet. In Ottawa, as in Washington, I did not seek specific agreements but wished rather to discuss with the Canadian Prime Minister and his colleagues various matters of mutual concern. In particular, we discussed the forthcoming Commonwealth Trade and Economic Conference. I am glad to be able to tell the House that our views coincided.
Has not my right hon. Friend's visit done a great deal to enhance British prestige? On the economic side, was the broadening of the basis of world trade one of the matters which he discussed, including particularly the raising of the price of gold?
We discussed not the last question but the broad question of how to increase world trade and how to make sure that the increased trade would have a sufficient base of credit to finance it.
Is there to be a follow-up on the discussions which have taken place on the possibility of broadening the base of credit and also strengthening the machinery for international economic co-operation generally?