Quite apart from the fact that this does not answer the Question, since the right hon. Gentleman is now so anxious to be frank, fair and honest with the whole House, will he now admit that this Mission was never anything more than a publicity stunt?
I am surprised that any hon. Member should suggest this. This was supported by 20 out of 21 Commonwealth Prime Ministers. Sir Robert Menzies, the Prime Ministers of New Zealand, Canada and so on, were hardly likely to go in for this as a publicity stunt. It was because we knew that we had to make an approach to Hanoi in some form if there was to be peace. I am disappointed at the result, and I am surprised that hon. Members opposite are not disappointed as well.
We have debated this on five or six occasions and, if the hon. Member had been present, he would have heard the very deep amount of thought which went into this question and the reasons we gave, at the greatest length, why we have supported the American action in Vietnam. I have given these reasons many times, but the reason that we cannot get the Peace Mission moving is that, as we found again last week, the Hanoi Government are not prepared to discuss peace except on the basis of the four Dan Pham Dong conditions.