HC Deb 24 March 1958 vol 585 cc6-7
8. Mr. Zilliacus

asked the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps he is taking to co-ordinate information given to the public about the preparations for the Summit Conference by all Government Departments.

Dr. Hill

My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has stated the Government's position on this subject clearly and fully.

Mr. Zilliacus

Is it not a fact that, whereas everyone knows the position both of the United States and the Soviet Union in this matter, and what their proposals are for an agenda, for instance, no one knows the position of our own Government? Would it not be desirable to produce some information in order to suggest that the Government have some policy in this matter?

Dr. Hill

The fact that the hon. Member disagrees with what the Government are doing and most of what his own party is doing is no reason for saying that there is no clear exposition of what the Government are doing, as, for instance, in the Prime Minister's statement last Thursday.

Mr. J. Griffiths

Is it not clear from recent by-election trends that the country knows quite well what are the Government's views and does not like them?