Oral Answers to Questions — European Economic Community

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9th July 1970.

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Photo of Mr Neil Marten Mr Neil Marten , Banbury 12:00 am, 9th July 1970

asked the Prime Minister if he will invite the Heads of Governments of the Common Market countries to visit him.

Photo of Mr Edward Heath Mr Edward Heath , Bexley

I have no plans to do so, Sir.

Photo of Mr Neil Marten Mr Neil Marten , Banbury

In view of the clear indication of the British electorate that its main objection to Britain joining the Common Market is the long-term aim for a federal Europe affecting our sovereignty, would it not be a good idea for the Heads of Government in the Common Market to come to this country so that M.P.s of all parties could question than to get at the real truth of what they think?

Photo of Mr Edward Heath Mr Edward Heath , Bexley

That may be desirable. But now that negotiations have been started by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, we had better let them proceed a little before we issue any invitations.

Photo of Mr Alf Morris Mr Alf Morris , Manchester Wythenshawe

Will the Prime Minister at least not ask the Common Market Prime Ministers for advice on how to fulfil his General Election pledge to reduce food prices in this country?

Photo of Mr Edward Heath Mr Edward Heath , Bexley

The matter of the common agricultural policy is one for the negotiations.