HC Deb 15 December 1955 vol 547 cc1378-9
32. Mr. Philips Price

asked the Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations, in view of official statements made in India by Mr. Khrushchev, what instructions he has given to the United Kingdom High Commissioner in India with a view to making known the aims and policy of this country on foreign affairs, disarmament and relations with Asiatic countries.

The Under-Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations (Mr. Douglas Dodds-Parker)

The normal methods of exchange of views and information which are so marked a feature of the Commonwealth relationship already ensure that the Government and people of India are well acquainted with the aims and policy of the United Kingdom Government.

Mr. Price

Can the Under-Secretary say whether he has any information about how the Indian public have reacted to the speeches of Mr. Khruschev?

Mr. Dodds-Parker

No, Sir. I think that the hon. Member should look at the newspapers.

Mr. Stokes

Would not the hon. Gentleman agree that what Marshal Bulganin and Mr. Khruschev are doing is indulging in a bit of co-existence, and is it not a good thing to let Mr. Khruschev say what he jolly well likes, as it does not do us any harm really?

Mr. Dodds-Parker

That may be the right hon. Gentleman's view, but it does not arise on this Question.