HC Deb 18 February 1953 vol 511 cc1239-40
45. Mr. Wyatt

asked the Prime Minister whether he will make a statement on his recent official conversations with the Prime Minister of France.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Winston Churchill)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary made a statement to the House on the subject of these conversations on 16th of February, to which I do not desire to add.

Mr. Wyatt

Has the Prime Minister seen a report in "The Times" today which makes it quite clear that the fate of the French Government, and indeed that of the European Army, depends upon the answers which his Government give to the French proposals for a closer association with the European Army? Will he not remember that he himself invented the idea of the European Army at Strasbourg and suggested that we should be a member of it? Will he not summon forth the imagination which caused him once to suggest union with the French nation?

The Prime Minister

The hon. Gentleman seems to be more desirous of imparting information than of receiving it. Anyhow, I have nothing to give him.