HC Deb 22 June 1954 vol 529 cc235-6
47. Mr. Pargiter

asked the Prime Minister, in view of the favourable comment in the Soviet Press, if he will have his speech to the Primrose League on 31st May last printed as a White Paper; and what further suggestions he has for the implementation of the objectives he then indicated.

The Prime Minister

I am always glad for my speeches to receive due publicity especially when, as in this case, they contain a deserved tribute to the present Administration, and, I may add, some censure on our predecessors. I do not, however think that it would be customary to issue a political speech of this nature as a White Paper.

I was glad to note that my speech was favourably received in leading circles in the Soviet Union. The hon. Member may rest assured that Her Majesty's Government do not propose to lose any opportunity of securing a real improvement in our relations with the Soviet Government. But he will realise that this must be more than a one-way affair.

Mr. Pargiter

While fully appreciating the reply of the right hon. Gentleman, in view of the fact that he could so easily make representations to America for informal discussions on world affairs, could he not with equal facility make representations to Moscow for similar discussions?

Sir T. Moore

Why should not hon. Gentlemen opposite join the Primrose League and so hear the speeches of the Prime Minister for themselves, thus saving the taxpayers' money in repairing their defects?

Mr. Lee

Could we be assured that the Primrose League treats its officials with more courtesy than does the National Canine Defence League?

Sir H. Williams

Is my right hon. Friend aware that his speech as Grand Marshal of the Primrose League appears in the "Primrose League Gazette," which can be bought at the bookstalls?