HC Deb 13 December 1960 vol 632 c206
41. Mr. Wyatt

asked the Prime Minister whether he will define the responsibilities for the various aspects of foreign affairs as between himself, the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and the Lord Privy Seal.

The Prime Minister

The responsibilities and duties are as I described them in the debate on 28th July.

Mr. Wyatt

Can the right hon. Gentleman point to any independent action by his two subordinates, whether in Europe or anywhere else? Can he assure the House, particularly his own supporters, that he will not overtax his strength by taking too much on himself either in this or in any other Governmental sphere?

The Prime Minister

I am very grateful for the second part of that supplementary question, which shows the gracious and friendly attitude which I have always had from Members opposite.

On the first part, I must call attention to the fact that there are hardly any problems, in one way or another, which do not affect foreign policy. Foreign policy has to be settled by the collective conclusions of the Government, under the guidance of the Ministers specially responsible. In other words, the process involves a concept of partnership which I commend to Members opposite.

Mr. Grimond

Can the Prime Minister tell us whether this concept of partnership was in force at the time of Suez?

The Prime Minister

Yes, Sir—by the nation as a whole.