HC Deb 19 June 1961 vol 642 cc945-6
36. Mr. Henderson

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he will make a statement on the recent consultation in Washington between the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and the United States Secretary of State, and on the basic agreements achieved.

Mr. Heath

As I told the House on 5th June, my noble Friend felt that it would be useful, while he was in the United States for two speaking engagements, to have talks with the United States Government about the problems which are likely to face our two countries later in the year.

Mr. Henderson

Is that all the information the right hon. Gentleman is prepared to give the House? In view of the Press conference held by the Foreign Secertary, in which he dealt with quite a number of matters, is it not possible for the right hon. Gentleman to give us some information? If he is not prepared to add to his Answer, may I ask whether we can take it that Her Majesty's Government are considering the proposal put forward by Senator Mansfield and others that the whole of Berlin should be made a free city under the protection of the United Nations and with free access maintained for all who wish to visit Berlin?

Mr. Heath

At the Press conference my noble Friend answered questions about British policy, but naturally he did not explain the contents of the talks between himself and members of the American Administration, which I understand were confidential. As for Senator Mansfield's speech, both my noble Friend and the American Secretary of State noted what he said.

Mr. P. Noel-Baker

Has any progress been made about the admission of China to a seat in the United Nations?

Mr. Heath

I cannot give details of the conversation.

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