Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign Office (Joint Conferences)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th April 1967.

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Mr. R. C. Mitchell:

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps he takes to organise joint conferences between Foreign Office personnel and university and other experts on international problems.

Photo of Mr George Thomson Mr George Thomson , Dundee East

In conjunction with the universities, the Foreign Office organises several seminars each year to discuss subjects of current importance in international affairs. I welcome the opportunity these seminars provide for the exchange of ideas between officials and academic and other experts.

Mr. Mitchell:

Do any of the leading foreign correspondents of our newspapers attend those seminars in a confidential capacity?

Mr. Thompson:

Some of the conferences have been attended by journalists. I should be glad to look into that and give my hon. Friend further information.