At its meeting at Copenhagen in October the European Free Trade Association Ministerial Council reaffirmed its desire for a dialogue with the European Economic Community, on these matters, and we hope that the Community will soon be in a position to reply. It is our policy to develop technical co-operation with other European countries over as wide a range as possible. We have already made an encouraging start on a number of specific projects.
Would the Prime Minister not concede that the time for dialogue has passed? Would he, perhaps, include himself among that small band of hon. Members who have been abroad giving advice to good Europeans and their Governments to the effect that no real progress is likely to be made unless there is a change of Government in this country?
I thought that hon. Members in all parts of the House felt that it would be useful for E.F.T.A. and the E.E.C. to get together. The only reason why we have not is the difficulty, which we understand, in the E.E.C., which has prevented the E.E.C. so far from responding to the initiative taken by E.F.T.A.