HC Deb 02 August 1962 vol 664 cc789-90
Q3. Mr. Eden

asked the Prime Minister what communications he has received from the Heads of Member Governments of the European Economic Community, as a result of meetings held by them since 18th July, concerning their consultations with Her Majesty's Government before a political treaty is finally concluded between them.

The Prime Minister

Communications between Heads of Government are of course confidential, but there have been no meetings of Heads of Governments of the Six since 18th July.

Mr. Eden

Have not the Government made it quite clear that we are anxious to play our full part in the political future of Europe? Are we not, even now, us and the Six, all members of Western European Union? Why, then, are we being excluded from the political discussions of the Cattani Commission or similar body? Will my right hon. Friend make it quite clear also that our membership of the European Economic Community, if it comes about, will not automatically bind us to any decisions or conclusions that the Cattani Commission may reach?

The Prime Minister

My hon. Friend has stated the position correctly. We welcome the efforts of the Six to achieve closer political union. If the Brussels negotiations are successful, we shall wish to join wholeheartedly in the task of studying the basis on which such a union can be made.