HC Deb 27 July 1960 vol 627 cc1638-9
29. Mr. de Freitas

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he will now state the conditions under which United States aircraft operate from Royal Air Force airfields.

Mr. W. J. Taylor

I can add nothing to what my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister has already said about consultations on the use of bases in this country by United States military aircraft.

Mr. de Freitas

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that two weeks ago the Prime Minister said that he would consult the President of the United States? Is it true, as reported in the Press today, that the consultations began only yesterday?

Mr. Taylor

I have not seen the report in the Press to which the hon. Gentleman refers, but I repeat that consultations have commenced and are going on. I believe that the hon. Gentleman has tabled a Question to the Prime Minister tomorrow, and it is not my intention to anticipate that.