Montreal Conference

Oral Answers to Questions — Economic Affairs – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th November 1966.

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Photo of Mr Neil Marten Mr Neil Marten , Banbury 12:00 am, 24th November 1966

asked the First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Economic Affairs if he will make a statement on the Montreal Conference in mid-November, attended by representatives of his Department, on a North Atlantic Free Trade Area.

Photo of Mr William Rodgers Mr William Rodgers , Stockton-on-Tees

At the invitation of the Private Planning Association of Canada, I attended part of the Conference which was on "Canada and the Atlantic Economic Community" and gave an address on the Government's policy on international trading arrangements and on European economic relations.

Photo of Mr Neil Marten Mr Neil Marten , Banbury

Can the Minister say whether this North Atlantic Free Trade Area is a starter? What effect would our entry into the Common Market have on any such proposal? Is there to be another meeting?

Photo of Mr William Rodgers Mr William Rodgers , Stockton-on-Tees

The Government's view on the whole question of international trading relations and on our relations with the Common Market and on prospects, if such there are, for a North Atlantic Free Trade Area were made very clear in the debate last week.