HC Deb 21 April 1959 vol 604 cc219-20
45. Mr. V. Yates

asked the Prime Minister what reply he has made regarding the documents officially communicated to him by the Federal German Chancellor concerning the need for an improvement in Anglo-German relations; and what action he proposes to take towards a better understanding of the common problems confronting the two countries.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Harold Macmillan)

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Lord Privy Seal on my behalf to Questions on 14th April.

Mr. Yates

What answer has the Prime Minister got to the two charges made by Dr. Adenauer; first, that there was a systematic contrivance against Germany on the part of Britain; and, secondly, that the proposals for a frozen zone have never been put forward in other than a vague manner, in which they could never be discussed? Those are the words of Dr. Adenauer.

The Prime Minister

I am bound to say that I thought the exchanges which followed my right hon. Friend's answer on my behalf were valuable and that contributions were made from different parts of the House, all of which helped, I thought, to put this matter in its true perspective. I have nothing to add to what was then said.

Mr. Gaitskell

Could the Prime Minister say, however, when Dr. Adenauer is expected to visit this country?

The Prime Minister

I am hoping that he will be able to come. He has suggested that he may be able to come fairly shortly.