Oral Answers to Questions — V-Bombers and Thor Rocket Bases

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th February 1963.

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Photo of Mr Jo Grimond Mr Jo Grimond , Orkney and Shetland 12:00 am, 28th February 1963

Will the right hon. Gentleman be more explicit about what is meant by the word "normal"? This seems to have been a very abnormal situation. Surely people are entitled to know what abnormal steps were taken. Is it not usual that any crisis in the West affects all nations of the West if they are of any power whatever? If that is so, is it not vital that the nations of the West should consult not only about the final crisis but about the diplomatic and defence decisions which lead to it? The Prime Minister has stated that discussions are proceeding. Can he say what proposals the Government are making and what progress is being made with the discussion of guide lines?