Can my right hon. Friend say why he is not continuing discussions with Australia and New Zealand, in view of the declared intention of the Government to reduce these commitments as soon as they can? Is it not the case—it was certainly understood by hon. Members on this side of the House—that these talks were continuing on that specific basis?
Is my right hon. Friend aware that since January of last year certain things have happened, most notably that the official policy of the Labour Party in this country has changed in favour of decisive cuts east of Suez? Will not my right hon. Friend open consultations now with the Governments of Singapore, Australia and New Zealand with a view to implementing that change of policy by 1970?
I must explain to my hon. Friend that Her Majesty's Government's policy is determined by decisions taken in the Cabinet and not by decisions taken elsewhere, although we take all relevant factors into account. I can assure my hon. Friend that if there were any question of a change in the basis on which we consulted Australia and other allied Governments last year we should certainly wish to consult them about it.