Sir HENRY DALZIEL
May I ask whether the right hon. Gentleman contemplates making any statement to-day with regard to certain reports as to negotiations going on between the two Front Benches?
§ The PRIME MINISTER
My hon. Friend must be well aware that in matters of this kind the newspapers know so much better than we do ourselves all that we are doing and saying and writing and thinking and feeling that it is very difficult to keep pace with their illuminating revelations. I am in a position to say to the House at this moment—and I am afraid it will not strike them with any air of novelty—that within the last week certain communications have passed between myself and the right hon. Gentleman opposite, the Leader of the Opposition, which I hope may lead at an early date to a meeting between us.