HC Deb 15 October 1952 vol 505 cc192-3
32. Mr. E. Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement about the work of the Permanent Council of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

Mr. Eden

Since its reorganisation, of which I gave the House an account on 28th February, the North Atlantic Council has made satisfactory progress in co-ordinating the joint efforts of the member countries in the defence, economic and political fields. Served by the new international secretariat, the Permanent Representatives, under the Chairmanship of Lord Ismay, the new Secretary-General, have held regular sessions about twice a week.

Mr. Johnson

While thanking my right hon. Friend for that very full reply, may I ask him if he will continue to do his utmost to see that both the House and the public are kept informed of the work of this very important body, of which there is all too little knowledge in this country?

Mr. Eden

Yes, Sir.

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