asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, in view of the assembly of a force of United States B57 twin-jet bombers in the Philippines and the training of their crews for low-level bombing raids on North Vietnam rail junctions, bridgeheads, and roads, he will now bring United States policy in Vietnam to the attention of the Security Council as likely to endanger the maintenance of international peace and security.
No, Sir. I do not accept these assumptions, particularly as hon. Members will have seen that, on 23rd June, President Johnson reiterated that "the United States intends no rashness and seeks no wider war."
Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that quite recently, since this Question was tabled, the Under-Secretary of State, Mr. McGeorge Bundy, in charge of Far Eastern affairs at the State Department, has made a public declaration saying that the United States did not exclude the idea of extending the war to North Vietnam? Will he, in the circumstances, make it quite clear that Her Majesty's Government will dissociate themselves from any such policy?