Ministerial Exchanges

Oral Answers to Questions — U.S.S.R. – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th April 1967.

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Photo of Mr Jack Ashley Mr Jack Ashley , Stoke-on-Trent South 12:00 am, 17th April 1967

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what Ministerial exchanges are proposed between the Soviet Union and the United Kingdom following the recent visit by Mr. Kosygin.

Photo of Mr George Brown Mr George Brown , Belper

My right hon. Friend the Minister of Technology is going to Moscow today. The Soviet Minister for Foreign Trade is arriving here this week. I shall be going to Moscow on 19th May. A visit to discuss air services is under consideration and the Soviet Minister of Agriculture will be coming to the United Kingdom next month. A number of other Ministerial visits, in both directions, are under discussion, but I cannot, of course, give details until these have been agreed with the Soviet Government.

Photo of Mr Jack Ashley Mr Jack Ashley , Stoke-on-Trent South

I thank my right hon. Friend for that reply. Can he ensure that all possible steps will be taken to further good relations between the Soviet Union and this country? Will he do what he can to reciprocate the gestures of friendship made by Mr. Kosygin to this country?

Photo of Mr George Brown Mr George Brown , Belper

The relations of the two countries are very good, very friendly and very close. As I have shown, we are keeping in touch very closely with each other.

Photo of Sir Arthur Harvey Sir Arthur Harvey , Macclesfield

Will the right hon. Gentleman say what progress has been made with the suggested treaty with Soviet Russia which the Prime Minister announced after Mr. Kosygin's visit to this country?

Photo of Mr George Brown Mr George Brown , Belper

As I said in answer to an earlier question, this is being pursued. I hope to be taking it up when I go to Moscow.