§ 48. Mr. PILKINGTON
asked the Prime Minister whether he will consider using an elder statesman in the role of travel ling ambassador, at some opportune moment, with a view to securing a greater degree of co-operation among the present rulers of Europe?
§ The PRIME MINISTER
I cannot fore-see what arrangement may be desirable to meet a contingency which has not yet arisen. But my hon. Friend should not assume my agreement with his view that a fuller degree of co-operation is possible than is obtained through the use of the normal diplomatic channels.
§ Mr. THURTLE
If such a necessity does arise, will the Prime Minister exercise great care in selecting his elder stateman?
§ Sir WILLIAM DAVISON
Is it not preferable for the Ambassador or the Minister accredited to a country to take steps of this kind, rather than a peripatetic Minister; and is the Ambassador not more likely to know local conditions and local personalities?