§ 1. Mr. H. Hynd
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs the present position regarding British association with the High Authority of the European Coal and Steel Pool; and what progress has been made towards full British participation in this organisation.
§ The Minister of State (Mr. Selwyn Lloyd)
The position remains as stated in my hon. Friend's reply to the hon. Member on 23rd February.
§ Mr. Lloyd
Her Majesty's Government are certainly paying great attention to this important organisation. The present position is that the President of the High Authority has said that the time has come for them to make concrete proposals to Her Majesty's Government. We are waiting to learn what the proposals are.
§ Mr. Ellis Smith
Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman bear in mind that other views are held in this country about the matter, particularly in the trade union movement and among those engaged in industry?
§ Mr. Noel-Baker
Are the Government ready to consider the best way of protecting our trade union and other 1874 interests, perhaps by means of a contractual agreement with the High Authority on certain matters?