Oral Answers to Questions — Africa

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 20th July 1959.

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Photo of Mr Arthur Bottomley Mr Arthur Bottomley , Rochester and Chatham 12:00 am, 20th July 1959

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what official representations he has received from the French Government regarding their proposal that the United Kingdom, France and Belgium and other Powers with territorial interests in African should hold joint talks on African policy and should also consider the question of a joint approach to defence in Africa; and what reply has been considered by Her Majesty's Government.

Photo of Mr William Ormsby-Gore Mr William Ormsby-Gore , Oswestry

No such representations have been received.

Photo of Mr Arthur Bottomley Mr Arthur Bottomley , Rochester and Chatham

Is the Minister of State aware that it was reported in The Times of 13th July that M. Soustelle, the French Minister, made suggestions such as are contained in the Question? Will the right hon. Gentleman give an assurance that no such arrangements will be entered into without the authority of Parliament?

Photo of Mr William Ormsby-Gore Mr William Ormsby-Gore , Oswestry

I have seen the report to which the right hon. Gentleman refers, but, of course, we discuss matters of common concern regarding Africa not only with European Governments but with African Governments.