HC Deb 22 February 1954 vol 524 cc13-4
36. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps he has taken to ensure that the Eden Plan for free elections has been circulated and publicised in foreign countries and the Dominions and Colonies.

Mr. Eden

The hon. Member will no doubt be gratified to know that the plan which I put forward at Berlin for free all-German elections has been widely publicised and welcomed both in foreign countries and in the Dominions and Colonies.

Mr. Emrys Hughes

Could the Foreign Secretary tell us how enthusiastic a welcome has been given to the plan in British Guiana, and if he is now going to deploy the same arguments used against Mr. Molotov against his right hon. Friend the Colonial Secretary?

Mr. Eden

I thought it conceivable that the hon. Gentleman might produce that argument, to which I would reply that I am not without hope that our proposals will have far-reaching consequences. Had it been possible to adopt them in Berlin, their effect might have spread even more widely than the hon. Gentleman thinks.