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Oral Answers to Questions — Nuclear Weapons

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th July 1959.

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Photo of Mr Frederic Bennett Mr Frederic Bennett , Torquay 12:00 am, 27th July 1959

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs how many foreign Governments other than the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics have officially notified Her Majesty's Government that they are prepared permanently to renounce the manufacture and possession of nuclear armaments if the United Kingdom is now ready to do likewise.

Photo of Mr Frederic Bennett Mr Frederic Bennett , Torquay

Would it not appear, then, that the Gaitskell non-nuclear club idea is selling no better abroad than it is among the followers of the party opposite?

Photo of Mr John Profumo Mr John Profumo , Stratford-on-Avon

As far as I can see, there do not seem to be any takers abroad and, from what I can read in the newspapers, there seem to be precious few in the Labour Party itself.

Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale

The hon. Member is, as usual, very ill-informed. It has, in fact, been adopted by very large numbers of people abroad and subsequently will be adopted by their Governments.

Photo of Mr John Profumo Mr John Profumo , Stratford-on-Avon

I can go only by what I read. If the right hon. Gentleman has more information than I have, I am sure that the House would like to hear it. We all read in the newspapers of what appear to be resolutions put down for the Labour Party Conference, and there do not seem to be many takers among them.