Oral Answers to Questions — North Atlantic Treaty Organisation

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 15th February 1966.

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Photo of Mr Gilbert Longden Mr Gilbert Longden , South West Hertfordshire 12:00 am, 15th February 1966

asked the Prime Minister if he is aware that the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation is in danger of disintegrating through French policy; and what proposals he has for ensuring the continuance and strengthening of this Organisation which is essential for the defence of the West.

Photo of Mr Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Huyton

I do not share the hon. Member's premise. The rest of his Question does not, therefore arise.

Photo of Mr Gilbert Longden Mr Gilbert Longden , South West Hertfordshire

Will the Prime Minister agree that the future of N.A.T.O. must very largely depend upon the future of Europe, which, when I put this Question down, was in danger from French insularity, and will he at least take this opportunity of repeating the Foreign Secretary's recent declaration of intent, that "the result we all desire is to bring together the E.F.T.A. and the E.E.C."—

Photo of Dr Horace King Dr Horace King , Southampton, Itchen

Order. The hon. Gentleman must not make quotations in asking a supplementary question.

Photo of Mr Gilbert Longden Mr Gilbert Longden , South West Hertfordshire

Perhaps the Prime Minister knows the declaration of intent to which I was referring. Will he, please, repeat it now?

Photo of Mr Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Huyton

I know the declaration of intent. I dealt with it and confirmed it last week in relation to a number of Questions on the Common Market. But, obviously, the hon. Gentleman forgets that the Question he has put down is about N.A.T.O. and not about the E.F.T.A. and Common Market relationship.

Photo of Lady  Grant of Monymusk Lady Grant of Monymusk , Aberdeen South

Will the Prime Minister say whether he has now come to a decision on any German position within the nuclear committee of N.A.T.O.?

Photo of Mr Harold Wilson Mr Harold Wilson , Huyton

No, Sir; this is a matter which is being debated within the appropriate organs of N.A.T.O. The noble Lady knows why there was such a long delay last year which prevented its being debated earlier.