§ 32. Mr. A. Henderson
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make a statement on the progress achieved at the Technical Committee on Safeguards against Surprise Attack.
§ The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. John Profumo)
I have nothing to add to what my right hon. Friend the Minister of State told the House on 18th February last.
§ Mr. Henderson
As the United States Government feel compelled to maintain a substantial part of their Air Force in a constant state of readiness, and, indeed, the Soviet Government may be doing the same, would not the Minister of State agree that this is a matter of considerable urgency and importance? May I ask him whether the Foreign Secretary is taking advantage of the presence of the other Foreign Ministers at Geneva to raise this matter in order to discuss possible future action?
§ Mr. Profumo
The issues before what was purely a technical conference have to some extent been overtaken by the discussions between the Foreign Ministers which have been taking place in Geneva and which have been resumed today.
§ Mr. Noel-Baker
Would it not, in accordance with precedent, be of value if the Government gave us a White Paper showing the proposals which were made to the Technical Committee and the principal speeches that were made?
§ Mr. Profumo
I do not think that is really necessary, because a copy of the report of the conference in the form of a United Nations document is already available in the Library of the House.