§ 14. Mr. Ivor Thomas
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has studied recent speeches by M. van Kleffens, Foreign Minister of the Netherlands, and General de Gaulle, for France, asking for a closer association of the nations of Western Europe, on the lines adumbrated by General Smuts; and whether he will take soundings among the governments of these nations with a view to ascertaining the extent of this desire.
§ Mr. Eden
A study of recent speeches by the three statesmen mentioned does not suggest that they were thinking on exactly the same lines, but I can assure 1415 the hon. Member that His Majesty's Government maintain close touch with all Allied Governments with whom there is a constant exchange of views.
§ Mr. Thomas
Is my right hon. Friend aware that the nations of Western Europe are awaiting a lead from His Majesty's Government and are prepared to go exactly as far as they will go?