HC Deb 01 April 1958 vol 585 cc1018-9
43. Mr. Brockway

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will make a statement on the progress of the negotiations for a settlement of the difficulties in Cyprus.

The Secretary of State for the Colonies (Mr. Alan Lennox-Boyd)

I am sorry, Sir, but I regret that I cannot as yet add to my Answer of 27th March to my hon. Friend the Member for Chigwell (Mr. Biggs-Davison).

Mr. Brockway

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the patience of some of us is being stretched to a point of guilt in this matter? In view of the tragedy of the situation in Cyprus, is it not now desirable that negotiations should be transferred from the Turkish and Greek Governments to representatives of the people of Cyprus itself?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I recognise the restraint shown by all sides of the House in recent weeks over Cyprus. I gave an assurance that, as soon as we have something definite to say, the Government will make a statement.

Mr. Bevan

Is the right hon. Gentleman able to give any estimate of how much longer it will be before he is able to make a statement?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

I am afraid that I cannot do that today.

Mr. Wall

Is my right hon. Friend aware that what this country and Cyprus want is a satisfactory solution and that they are prepared to wait?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

Yes, Sir.

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