HC Deb 10 February 1959 vol 599 cc1000-1
45. Mr. Lewis

asked the Prime Minister whether he will make a statement on his recent official discussions with Mr. Dulles; to what extent these discussions included matters pertaining to his pending visit to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; and whether, in view of these talks, he will now announce the date of his departure to Moscow.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Harold Macmillan)

The discussions with Mr. Dulles covered a wide range of subjects including my forthcoming visit to Moscow, the date of which I announced on 5th February.

Mr. Lewis

We express our regret at the illness of Mr. Foster Dulles. May we have an assurance from the Prime Minister that he in no way associated himself with the statement alleged to have been made that, before negotiations commence, threats of war are being used regarding Berlin? Does not the right hon. Gentleman feel it would be better if we were to say that before any question of war is discussed we should get together and try to reach some understanding?

The Prime Minister

I am sure the whole House will join in wishing Mr. Dulles a speedy recovery from his illness. The Government stands upon the declaration made on behalf of the N.A.T.O. Powers regarding the matter of Berlin.