§ 41. Mr. de Freitas
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether, at the next Organisation for European Economic Co-operation Council meeting, he will put forward proposals to reconcile the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation atomic energy plan and the Euratom proposals, to show that the two plans are politically compatible, and that the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation plan is flexible enough to include Euratom.
§ Mr. Selwyn Lloyd
The report of the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation Working Party on Nuclear Energy deals with the possibility of a flexible scheme of co-operation. The Foreign Ministers of the Messina Conference Powers, after a meeting in Brussels on 11th February, issued a communiqué indicating a general disposition to collaborate with the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation, whose wider framework, it was stated, was perfectly compatible with their more concentrated efforts. Her Majesty's Government will be happy to discuss the matter on this basis at the next meeting of the Organisation of European Economic Co-operation Ministerial Council.
§ Mr. de Freitas
Does the Foreign Secretary realise that the delay of the Government in making a statement about this gives rise to a great deal of misunderstanding on the Continent because, from this delay, we appear to regard the matter as of no importance?
§ Mr. Robens
In view of his reply a short time ago about the difficulty of controlling nuclear weapons, does not the right hon. and learned Gentleman think that he should look again at the question of Euratom and O.E.E.C.? Does not he think this is probably the only chance we shall have of controlling nuclear energy in Europe as a whole, including Germany, which is a very important aspect of this matter?
§ Mr. Robens
Is there not a great difference between the approach of O.E.E.C. and the Eupopean nations inasmuch as Euratom will give a control over nuclear energy while the O.E.E.C. plan would be a question of partnership and a good deal of control would be left in the national States?
§ Mr. Brooman-White
Will my right hon. and learned Friend use what influence he can to ensure that the various groups of experts who are working on these vitally important plans should, in so far as possible, approach that work in a spirit of co-operation and not competition?