HC Deb 19 February 1958 vol 582 cc1199-200
24. Mr. Sorensen

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what further consideration has been given to the acceptance by the Government of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics of the principle of inspection in respect of a possible nuclear-weapon-free-area in central Europe.

Mr. Selwyn Lloyd

Soviet acceptance of the principle of inspection is welcome. But the question how inspection could be made effective in practice remains. For the rest, the hon. Member will have noted what the Prime Minister said about the Polish Plan in his letter of 16th January to Mr. Bulganin.

Mr. Sorensen

I thank the right hon. and learned Gentleman for that reply. Does not he agree that it shows some advance on the part of the Soviet authorities and, therefore, holds out some hope of an adjustment between the two points of view?

Mr. Lloyd

I certainly think that the acceptance of the principle of inspection is an advance.

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