HC Deb 22 January 1959 vol 598 cc405-6
46. Mr. Dodds

asked the Prime Minister what change there has been in the international situation warranting further consideration of his visiting Moscow; what progress has been made in this direction; and what are the prospects of such a visit this year.

48. Mr. Lewis

asked the Prime Minister whether he is now in the position to announce his acceptance of the invitation of the Soviet Government to visit the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

The Prime Minister

I have no statement to make at present.

Mr. Dodds

In view of the fact that so many people are interested in this matter and that the Prime Minister's predecessor seemed to think that it was a pretty good idea, cannot the Prime Minister be a little more forthcoming by saying whether or not the situation has improved, and if there are likely to be any prospects this year? Why is it that we cannot hear more about this subject in which everybody has a vested interest?

The Prime Minister

I understand the hon. Member's interest, but I have nothing to say at present.

Mr. Lewis

Is the Prime Minister aware that that is the sort of answer we have been getting for almost two years? Cannot he give us some idea whether or not he intends to accept the offer? Even if he cannot give us a date, will he say whether it is his intention to go as soon as a convenient opportunity presents itself? Can we have something positive, instead of these continual negative replies?

The Prime Minister

I am afraid that I cannot add to the answer I have given today, which is that I have no statement to make at present.

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