HC Deb 12 February 1953 vol 511 cc597-8
45. Mr. Dodds

asked the Prime Minister whether, following his visit to the United States of America, he will now endeavour to arrange a meeting with Marshal Stalin in an effort to lessen the tension in international affairs.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Winston Churchill)

I have nothing to add to the reply which I gave to the hon. Member for South Ayrshire (Mr. Emrys Hughes) on Monday, 9th February.

Mr. Dodds

But that is not good enough. Does the Prime Minister recall the banner headlines of the "Evening Standard" which read: Talks with Stalin call transforms the Election"? Has the right hon. Gentleman no desire to keep faith with the millions of people who believe in his sincerity? Does he not by now appreciate that if he is to have any restraining influence on the present American Administration, he will have to have a more independent mind and have a talk with Stalin?

The Prime Minister

I have nothing to add to the reply which I have just given to the hon. Member.