HC Deb 27 April 1953 vol 514 cc1739-40
20. Mr. Ernest Davies

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs when it is proposed to call a meeting of the deputies to consider further the Austrian Treaty.

Mr. Selwyn Lloyd

Her Majesty's Government are in consultation with the French and American Governments with a view to calling an early meeting of the deputies. On Saturday last I discussed this question with Mr. Dulles and M. Bidault. I hope shortly to be able to give the House more definite information.

Mr. Davies

Is the Minister of State aware that an early meeting of the deputies would be very welcome, especially in view of the statement contained in an article in "Pravda" at the week-end that it should be possible to reach agreement on the basis of existing agreements?

Mr. Lloyd

I have studied carefully that portion of the statement in "Pravda." I quite agree that it is a matter which affects this decision and, as I said, I hope quite soon to be able to give the House more information.

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