§ 55. Mr. A. Henderson
asked the Lord Privy Seal to what extent it is the policy of Her Majesty's Government that disarmament negotiations should not be resumed for the time being, as proposed by the United States delegate to the United Nations.
§ Mr. Heath
The United States delegate to the United Nations proposed on 7th March that the Agenda at the resumed session should be limited to those items essential to the conduct of the business of the United Nations with the object of avoiding acrimonious debate and of improving the world atmosphere so as to promote serious negotiations on such subjects as disarmament. We entirely agree with his viewpoint.
§ Mr. Henderson
Is that consistent with the statement in the communiqué of the Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference, issued the day before yesterday, that, in its view, direct negotiations should be resumed without delay between 24 the Powers concerned with disarmament? If that is the case, surely it is not the policy of Her Majesty's Government that they should wait until the situation is better?
§ 63. Mr. G. M. Thomson
asked the Lord Privy Seal what communications he has had with the Government of the United States of America regarding the resumption of disarmament negotiations.
§ Mr. Thomson
Is the Lord Privy Seal aware that the emphasis on disarmament in the Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference communiqué will be generally welcomed? Can he give the House an idea of Her Majesty's Government's view about the best date for resuming the disarmament negotiations? Can he also give the Government's view on associating China with the negotiations?
§ Mr. Heath
The President of the United States has suggested that the disarmament negotiations should be resumed on 1st August, and we think that will be a satisfactory date, if the Soviet Union is agreeable to it, to try to start negotiations going again. As to China, it is, of course, recognised that no agreement can ultimately be entirely satisfactory unless the Peking Administration of China is associated with it.
§ Mr. Healey
Will the Lord Privy Seal tell the House whether or not the United States Government were consulted in advance and agreed with the declaration on disarmament policy issued by the Commonwealth Prime Ministers?
§ Mr. P. Noel-Baker
Will the right hon. Gentleman consider letting us have quickly a White Paper containing that 25 declaration and the other conclusions of the Commonwealth Prime Ministers?
§ 64. Mr. G. M. Thomson
asked the Lord Privy Seal what studies are taking place in his Department regarding the problems arising in the creation of a World Government to exercise authority over a scheme of international disarmament.
§ Mr. Thomson
Is the Lord Privy Seal aware that that is as unsatisfactory as all the other answers that we have been getting from him on this subject for some considerable time? Will he not take disarmament more seriously than that and follow up the excellent declaration of the Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference that there should be some really detailed work on the practical problems of disarmament and creating a world authority to go with it?