Prime Minister and President Johnson (Talks)

Oral Answers to Questions — Board of Trade – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 10 December 1964.

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Photo of Mr Merlyn Rees Mr Merlyn Rees , Leeds South 12:00, 10 December 1964

asked the Prime Minister when a statement will be issued on the current talks in Washington.

Photo of Mr John Biggs-Davison Mr John Biggs-Davison , Chigwell

asked the Prime Minister whether he will discuss with President Johnson Western defence problems outside the North Atlantic Treaty area.

Photo of Mr George Brown Mr George Brown , Belper

I have been asked to reply.

I would ask hon. Members to await my right hon. Friends return.

Photo of Mr Merlyn Rees Mr Merlyn Rees , Leeds South

Arising from these talks, will my right hon. Friend bear in mind the urgent need to review our defence commitments in the light of the needs of the 1960s and not the 1940s, and the urgent need to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons?

Photo of Mr George Brown Mr George Brown , Belper

The answer to my hon. Friend is that surely he will await my right hon. Friend's return.

Photo of Mr R.A. Butler Mr R.A. Butler , Saffron Walden

Will the right hon. Gentleman make representations to the Prime Minister to make a statement as early as possible in the week in which the proposed debate will take place?

Photo of Mr George Brown Mr George Brown , Belper

I understand that discussions are going on about this between the usual channels, and of course I will make representations.