HC Deb 21 July 1959 vol 609 c1068
46. Mr. Healey

asked the Prime Minister to what extent he discussed with the Prime Minister of Japan the creation of an atom-free zone in the Pacific.

The Prime Minister

I have nothing to add to the joint communiqué which was issued at the end of the Japanese Prime Minister's visit.

Mr. Healey

As the Japanese Prime Minister has said that his country does not propose to have atomic weapons and as the Chinese Prime Minister has said that his country does, would not discussion of the Russian proposal be wholly in the Western interests?

The Prime Minister

It is not customary to divulge the details of talks with statesmen of other countries. The purpose of a communiqué is to get the agreement of both sides as to what each shall say, and I regard myself as bound by that understanding.