My visit has confirmed me in the view that Latin America is the most important and most mature of the developing areas of the free world and that we should pay more attention to it, both politically and in the field of trade. It was agreed that there should be more frequent bilateral consultation on international matters, on which Latin-American opinion carries great weight at the United Nations.
I am obliged to my hon. Friend for the first part of his Question. On the second part, I discussed this contract with President Belaúnde in Lima in view of its general importance, but my hon. Friend will realise that it has always been a matter for the Peruvian Government to decide on the basis of the information and advice available to them. They have decided to exercise their right to cancel the existing contract with the Anglo-German consortium, which is in my judgment most disappointing news. I do not think I should make further comment on this point, although there will be aspects of it in which Her Majesty's Government will be concerned.
In view of the desirability that the House and the country should be kept informed of progress in these developing relations between our country and Latin America, will the Foreign Secretary arrange for a statement to be published in HANSARD of the aid, direct and indirect, we are at present giving to those countries and any projects the Government have for developing that assistance?
A number of particular proposals were made which we are now examining and which will result in further discussions with the countries concerned. Since my return I have been in contact with British businessmen particularly interested in this trade and I believe it is entirely reasonable to expect that we shall see an increase of trade between this country and Latin America.