HC Deb 17 June 1953 vol 516 cc962-3
30. Mr. Wyatt

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will issue a White Paper covering the Prime Minister's discussions with the French Prime Minister, M. Mayer, when he was in London, and the subsequent exchanges of correspondence on the subject of British co-operation with the European Defence Community and with France.

Mr. Nutting

No, Sir. Negotiations are proceeding satisfactorily and a statement will be made in the House at the appropriate time.

Mr. Wyatt

Can the Joint Undersecretary give us any indication when that is likely to be? Is he aware that this matter has dragged on for month after month and the House has never been allowed to know anything of what is going on?

Mr. Nutting

The hon. Member has been very patient in this matter. I ask him to be patient a little longer. Negotiations are proceeding very satisfactorily, but they are proceeding in the Interim Commission of E.D.C., which consists of representatives of six nations and ourselves as observers. It takes a long time for the political and military proposals put forward to be hammered out into the most agreeable form for the six nations concerned.