HC Deb 08 May 1956 vol 552 cc1008-9
46. Mr. Lewis

asked the Prime Minister whether he will extend an invitation to the President of the United States of America to visit this country, after the Presidential election, as the guest of Her Majesty's Government, to enable discussions to ensue on matters arising from the recent talks with Marshal Bulganin and Mr. Khrushchev.

The Prime Minister

I take note of the hon. Gentleman's suggestion and will only comment at this time that a visit from the President of the United States would always be welcome in this country.

Mr. Lewis

I am sure that the whole House will be very pleased with the tone, the nature and the content of that reply. If in view of the President's unfortunate recent illness, which we all regret and from which we are pleased to see that he is making progress, he finds that he cannot come here, would the Prime Minister consider going to the United States to see the President?

The Prime Minister

All those hypothetical questions seem to me to be highly dangerous in terms of domestic politics in both our countries.