§ 32. Mr. Zilliacus
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will give an assurance that Her Majesty's Government will oppose the admission to, or association with, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation or Western European Union of the Spanish Government, either as a condition for granting Germany firing range, storage, etc., facilities in Spain or for any other purpose.
§ Mr. Selwyn Lloyd
No, Sir. Membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and the Western European Union, or association with them, is a matter for all the member Governments not just for Her Majesty's Government.
§ Mr. Zilliacus
Can the Foreign Secretary give an assurance that Her Majesty's Government will vote against any such 27 proposal? We have our responsibility, and in fact we have a veto power on it. Does he propose to use it?
§ Mr. Lloyd
I am certainly not going to make any such declaration in advance. We will judge any such application or suggestion from the point of view of military necessity and political wisdom. I can promise the hon. Gentleman that, but I am not going to specify in advance what particular action we shall take.
§ Sir T. Moore
Can we not keep a sense of balance on this matter? Does my right hon. and learned Friend agree that it was this country—Spain— through its leader General Franco which resisted the blandishments and threats of Hitler and thereby saved the Mediterranean for the Allies and made the North African invasion possible and successful?
§ Mr. Healey
I put this question quite seriously to the Foreign Secretary. Is he aware that the admission of Spain to either N.A.T.O. or Western European Union would, in the view of an overwhelming number of people in this country and outside, destroy the political validity of those organisations?
|NUMBER OF ACCIDENTS AND DEATHS REPORTED TO THE FACTORY INSPECTORATE|
|—||1958||1959 (provisional figures)|
|January-September||Whole Year||January-September||Whole Year|
|Works of engineering construction||1,675||2,329||51||2,122||2,886||41|
|The figures for deaths are included in the number of accidents for the whole year.|