HC Deb 14 July 1959 vol 609 cc211-2
49. Mr. A. Henderson

asked the Prime Minister whether, in view of the uncertainty arising as to the length of time which would permit consultations with the United States Government in the event of nuclear attack, he will discuss with Mr. Khrushchev at the forthcoming Summit Conference the desirability of an agreement on safeguards against surprise attack.

The Prime Minister

As I told the hon. and learned Gentleman on 7th July, we have not yet reached the point of deciding what topics should be discussed at a Summit Meeting.

Mr. Henderson

Is it not the fact that the discussions on the provision of measures against surprise attack have been in a state of deadlock since 18th December last year? In these circumstances, would not the Prime Minister agree that the problem is one of considerable importance and some urgency? Will he bear in mind the need for this problem to be discussed at a Summit Conference?

The Prime Minister

I will certainly bear in mind the views of the right hon. and learned Gentleman.