Oral Answers to Questions — Germany (Brussels Treaty)

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

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Photo of Mr William Warbey Mr William Warbey , Ashfield 12:00 am, 20th July 1959

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will state the terms of the proposed amendment to the Brussels Treaty to permit West Germany to manufacture weapons at present prohibited by the Treaty.

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

The terms of an amendment are still under consideration.

Photo of Mr William Warbey Mr William Warbey , Ashfield

Will the Minister of State tell the House when the terms are likely to be complete and whether the draft of them will be made available to the House before the amendment is incorporated in the Treaty, and whether the House will have an opportunity to debate any change in the Treaty before it is ratified by Her Majesty's Government?

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

That is unlikely. I am afraid that I cannot say when it will be ready, but I can assure the hon. Member that the Amendment when made will not contravene the spirit of the Brussels Treaty since the additional weapons which Germany will be permitted to manufacture will be strictly defensive.

Photo of Mr Emanuel Shinwell Mr Emanuel Shinwell , Easington

Does that answer mean that West Germany would not be permitted in any circumstances to manufacture nuclear weapons?

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

That is perfectly true. It will not be permitted to manufacture nuclear weapons.