HC Deb 20 May 1954 vol 527 cc2291-2
56. Mr. A Henderson

asked the Prime Minister where the Five-Power staff talks are taking place; who is representing Her Majesty's Government in the United Kingdom; and whether he can state the problems under examination.

The Prime Minister

I have nothing to add today to the reply given by my right hon. and learned Friend the Minister of State on 10th May.

Mr. Henderson

Does that mean that the Prime Minister will be able to say something next week.

The Prime Minister

I always look forward to opportunities to give the House information, especially information of a kind that it likes.

Mr. Wyatt

Can the Prime Minister comment on the report in the Press today of an answer given by President Eisenhower at his Press conference yesterday, in which he said that America will go ahead with a Pacific pact or South-East Asia pact on the basis of Australia, New Zealand and certain other Asian countries, with or without Britain, and does not this mean that once again Britain will be by-passed unless we find out exactly what is happening.

The Prime Minister

I attend here at this time to answer Questions by hon. Members and not to comment on remarks made by the heads of other Governments and States.