HC Deb 06 December 1960 vol 631 cc1062-3
42. Mr. Mayhew

asked the Prime Minister if he will discuss with Dr. Adenauer, during his visit to this country, the problem of political control of nuclear weapons by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries.

49. Mr. Warbey

asked the Prime Minister whether, in his forthcoming discussions with Dr. Adenauer, he will invite his support for a nuclear-free zone in Europe including both parts of Germany.

55. Mr. Zilliacus

asked the Prime Minister whether on the occasion of Dr. Adenauer's visit to Great Britain, he will draw his attention to the urgent need, in the interests of German unity as well as world peace, to recognise the demarcation line and de facto Polish-German frontier as the de jure western frontier of the Polish State.

The Prime Minister

As has already been announced, Dr. Adenauer has most unfortunately been compelled to put off his visit to the United Kingdom next week We very much hope that it may be possible to arrange another one in the not too distant future.

Mr. Mayhew

Is the Prime Minister aware that supporters of N.A.T.O. are often embarrassed by the rather rigid policies of the West German Government? When he meets Dr. Adenauer will he make it clear that, while a number of General Norstad's proposals are undoubtedly undesirable and unacceptable, they may give an opportunity to reach a better arrangement for political control over the use of nuclear weapons by the N.A.T.O. countries?

The Prime Minister

Of course, all the matters in the three Questions are important. I regret not having an opportunity of discussing these, among other questions, with the German Chanceilor at this time.

Mr. Warbey

When the Prime Minister meets Dr. Adenauer, will he give him a warning that the Western declarations in support of the people of West Berlin will be rendered invalid unless Dr. Adenauer is prepared to consider proposals which would make possible a reasonable settlement of the German problem as a whole?

The Prime Minister

That is a very wide question. If I may be quite frank, I do not think that I should be wise to follow the hon. Member's suggestion of diplomacy.

Mr. Zilliacus

Will the Prime Minister put on the agenda for the next meeting the question of recognising the present Polish frontier, in view of the great anxieties being caused by official German support for irredentist propaganda and the fact that this propaganda is mixed with threats of force and is accompanied by the rearming of Germany? It is creating great uneasiness not only in Poland but in Eastern Europe and among public opinion here.

The Prime Minister

I have nothing to add to the reply given to the hon. Member on 22nd June by my hon. Friend the then Joint Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, when he confirmed that the attitude of Her Majesty's Government to the final delimitation of the frontier between Germany and Poland is that it cannot be formalised until there is a peace settlement.