HC Deb 20 December 1955 vol 547 cc1841-2
51. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Prime Minister if, during his Visit to the United States of America, he will discuss with President Eisenhower the future of the United States air bases in Britain.

Mr. R. A. Butler

I have been asked to reply.

Since this is a matter on which we and the United States Government are in full agreement, my right hon. Friend sees no reason to discuss it with President Eisenhower. As the House has been previously informed, the use by the United States Air Force of bases in this country will continue so long as it is needed in the general interest of world peace and security.

Mr. Hughes

Is the Chancellor not aware that the recent discovery of the H-bomb by Russia has created a very different situation? If one H-bomb can destroy this country, will not the American forces here be at a great disadvantage in doing anything at all? In their interests, does not the Minister think that the American forces would be better moved to the Middle West?

Mr. Butler

I feel quite certain that the United States of America would wish to share with us any risks in any war which may take place. That is why I have no reason to add anything to the answer which I originally gave.

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