HC Deb 16 March 1960 vol 619 cc1299-300
52. Mr. Healey

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will now make a statement on his discussions with other Governments concerning proposals to be put forward by the Western Governments at the 10-Power Committee on Disarmament.

The Joint Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Robert Allan)

Yes, Sir. Five-Power agreement was reached on a Western Plan for comprehensive disarmament. The text of this Plan will be published as a White Paper.

Mr. Healey

Can the Joint Undersecretary explain why the ban on tests of atomic weapons does not figure anywhere in the Western Plan for disarmament? Can he assure the House that it is still the policy of Her Majesty's Government to reach such an agreement with the Soviet Union and the United States and to seek the adherence of other members of United Nations at the earliest possible moment?

Mr. Allan

Yes, I think I can give that assurance. This agreement would come out of the other Geneva Conference at present being held.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

Will the Joint Under-Secretary of State propose to his right hon. and learned Friend that in the White Paper should be included the text of what the Foreign Secretary said in the United Nations Assembly last September?

Mr. Allan

I will ask my right hon. and learned Friend to consider that.