Results 61–80 of 17033 for speaker:Mr R.A. Butler

Oral Answers to Questions — Western European Union0 (Ministerial Meeting) (27 Jul 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: I would refer the hon. Members to the reply which I gave on 20th July to the hon. Gentleman the Member for Wednesbury (Mr. Stonehouse) about this meeting. The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Multilateral Force was not on the agenda, and I made no statement of our attitude towards it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Western European Union0 (Ministerial Meeting) (27 Jul 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: Yes, Sir. Naturally, it is a matter for great consideration, on which Her Majesty's Government have not made a final decision.

Oral Answers to Questions — Western European Union0 (Ministerial Meeting) (27 Jul 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: Yes, Sir; I can give a definite assurance. We are against any dissemination of nuclear weapons. We do not regard the multilateral force in itself as being disseminatory.

Oral Answers to Questions — Western European Union0 (Ministerial Meeting) (27 Jul 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: All these matters are taken into consideration, and they will be taken into consideration before any decision is reached.

Oral Answers to Questions — Western European Union0 (Ministerial Meeting) (27 Jul 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: It is precisely to see what the answer to this sort of question is that we are engaged in discussions in Paris and Washington.

Oral Answers to Questions — U Thant (London Visit) (27 Jul 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: I had an opportunity of discussing the situation in South-East Asia with U Thant while he was in London. As is normal practice, these talks were confidential.

Oral Answers to Questions — U Thant (London Visit) (27 Jul 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: The situation differs in the three parts of South-East Asia—namely, Laos, Cambodia and South Vietnam—and I doubt whether a general conference as proposed would solve the problems from which each area suffers. I shall be discussing these matters with the Soviet Government when I visit Moscow.

Oral Answers to Questions — U Thant (London Visit) (27 Jul 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: I have already said in answer to previous Questions that we have no evidence that the United States wishes to extend the war to North Vietnam or China. I feel certain that if any such proposals were made we should be informed and also, I hope, consulted, and we should state our opinion.

Oral Answers to Questions — N.a.T.O. and S.E.a.T.O. (27 Jul 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: I know of no such proposal.

Oral Answers to Questions — N.a.T.O. and S.E.a.T.O. (27 Jul 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: I have read Mr. Rusk's speech of 9th May. I did not read in it any proposal that N.A.T.O. and S.E.A.T.O. should pursue a common foreign policy.

Oral Answers to Questions — Moscow (Foreign Secretary's Visit) (27 Jul 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Industry, Trade and Regional Development negotiated the prolongation of the Anglo-Soviet Trade Agreement, and obtained from Mr. Patolichev an assurance concerning a closer balance in the trade between our two countries. The increased quotas for the exchange of consumer goods also recently agreed provide a useful basis for such an expansion. I...

Oral Answers to Questions — Moscow (Foreign Secretary's Visit) (27 Jul 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: It is the Government's policy to improve trade and to advance credit.

Oral Answers to Questions — Moscow (Foreign Secretary's Visit) (27 Jul 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: I am obliged to my hon. and gallant Friend. I will certainly mention them.

Oral Answers to Questions — Moscow (Foreign Secretary's Visit) (27 Jul 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: This point was raised in the talks between my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Industry and Trade and Mr. Patolichev. We said that we wanted a bigger share of trade with the Soviet Union. Mr. Patolichev undertook to see whether this matter could not be remedied.

Oral Answers to Questions — Moscow (Foreign Secretary's Visit) (27 Jul 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: If the hon. Gentleman is referring to firms who extend credit to the Soviet Union in the course of trade, there are already arrangements in existence for them to obtain cover from the Export Credits Guarantee Department. These arrangements are perfectly satisfactory and I therefore see no reason to raise the issue in Moscow.

Oral Answers to Questions — Moscow (Foreign Secretary's Visit) (27 Jul 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: I assure the hon. Gentleman that I shall be glad to take charge of negotiations on his behalf if he would see me after Question Time.

Oral Answers to Questions — Moscow (Foreign Secretary's Visit) (27 Jul 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: Yes, Sir. This visit will be a splendid follow-up to the exhibition, which was such a success. I also propose to discuss the extension of common inquiry into agricultural research with my opposite number.

Oral Answers to Questions — Moscow (Foreign Secretary's Visit) (27 Jul 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: We are always ready to improve the facilities offered. If the hon. Gentleman has any points that he would like to put, I would be glad to pass them on to my right hon. Friend.

Oral Answers to Questions — Moscow (Foreign Secretary's Visit) (27 Jul 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: I hope to discuss with the Soviet leaders a wide range of questions concerning international security, but I cannot anticipate the details of these discussions or their outcome.

Oral Answers to Questions — Moscow (Foreign Secretary's Visit) (27 Jul 1964)

Mr R.A. Butler: I have already had notice that these matters will be raised from the Soviet side, and we shall be only too glad to consider them. The conditions on which we could consider them were stated by my right hon. Friend the Minister of State as lately as 25th November in answer to the hon. Member for Newcastle-under-Lyme (Mr. Swingler). Subject to these conditions, I think that we might be able to...


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