Secretary of State (Visit)

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

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Photo of Mr Alex Lyon Mr Alex Lyon , City of York 12:00 am, 17th April 1967

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will seek to pay a visit to Poland following the visit to Great Britain of Mr. Rapacki, the Polish Foreign Minister.

Photo of Mr George Brown Mr George Brown , Belper

I have accepted in principle an invitation to visit Poland, and hope to do so, but I have no firm plans at present for this. My right honourable Friend the Minister of State will pay a visit this summer.

Photo of Mr Alex Lyon Mr Alex Lyon , City of York

Is my right hon. Friend aware that that Answer will give great satisfaction to many people who are interested in furthering better relationships, not only between Britain and the U.S.S.R., but between Britain and the other East European countries, particularly at this moment when we are considering going into the Common Market? Will the Foreign Secretary say whether he proposes to raise again the question of the nuclear-free zone associated with the name of Mr. Rapacki?

Photo of Mr George Brown Mr George Brown , Belper

It is much too soon, even if it were wise, for us to suggest what items will come up for discussion there, but I very much agree with the earlier part of my hon. Friend's Question.

Photo of Sir Douglas Dodds-Parker Sir Douglas Dodds-Parker , Cheltenham

Has the Foreign Secretary made any progress with Mr. Rapacki in his recent discussions on the thinning out of conventional forces in Western Europe?

Photo of Mr George Brown Mr George Brown , Belper

We had a very interesting discussion on the whole area, not only the conventional area but nuclear provisions, and, of course, the political questions that go with them.