HC Deb 29 January 1962 vol 652 cc700-1
18. Mr. P. Williams

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he will make a statement on his recent official visit to Canada.

Mr. Heath

I would refer my hon. Friend to the statement I made on 24th January in reply to a Question by the hon. Gentleman the Member for Wednesbury (Mr. Stonehouse).

Mr. Williams

Will my right hon. Friend make it quite clear that there will be no sniping attacks on the Canadian Government's policy as there have been in recent months? Is he aware that many of the present misunderstandings, which my right hon. Friend may have now ironed out, need never have arisen had there been full, free and frank disclosure of what was taking place from the beginning?

Mr. Heath

If there have been sniping attacks on the Canadian Government's policy—and certainly no such complaints were made while I was in Ottawa—they have not come from Her Majesty's Government.

Mr. Walker

May I ask whether during his talks with the Canadian Ministers my right hon. Friend expressed the pleasure of the United Kingdom Government that during the period of the Diefenbaker Administration Canadian imports from United Kingdom have increased by nearly 30 per cent.? Did he discuss with the Canadian Ministers how this very favourable trend might be continued?

Mr. Heath

We had general discussions about all these trade matters.