HC Deb 04 December 1957 vol 579 cc376-7
36. Mrs. Castle

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what discussions he has had with the United States with regard to the supply of nuclear weapons to the Middle East.

Mr. Selwyn Lloyd

I have not discussed such a possibility.

Mrs. Castle

Is the Foreign Secretary aware that, according to a report in The Times Mr. Malik, Foreign Minister of the Lebanon, told the Lebanese Parliament on 27th November when he returned from the United Nations that the United States were prepared to supply the Lebanon with all the defensive arms she needed, including rockets? Can the Foreign Secretary tell the House whether that means that America is to supply nuclear warheads along with the rockets to this Middle Eastern country? If so, is it already being done without any consultation with the United Kingdom at all? Are the Americans just ignoring us completely in this important development in the Middle East?

Mr. Lloyd

I was not aware of the statement to which the hon. Lady has referred and I will certainly look into the matter to see what further information I can get. If the hon. Lady will put down a further Question I will give her what information I have.