§ 38 and 40. Mr. Stonehouse
asked the Lord Privy Seal (1) if he will make a statement on the position now reached in the negotiations on Great Britain's entry into the Common Market with regard to safeguards for Commonwealth exports of produce and manufactured goods; and what representations he has received from the Commonwealth Governments about these particular negotiations;
§ (2) what safeguards he is now demanding for permanent comparable outlets for temperate zone foodstuffs from the Commonwealth in the enlarged European Community in the event of Britain joining.
§ Mr. Stonehouse
Is the Minister aware that the Commonwealth countries are very concerned indeed that Commonwealth preference on manufactured goods will end in 1970? Is it the 1343 Minister's intention in the negotiations on temperate zone products to agree to a similar arrangement for such commodities, or is he demanding as an alternative to this that, without any shadow of doubt, the Commonwealth countries will have comparable outlets in the enlarged community to those which they now have with the United Kingdom?
§ Mr. Heath
I have dealt with this matter in great detail on many occasions in the House. I gave a full explanation about the proposed arrangements for manufactured products in a statement on 31st May, and it was then later discussed in debate. I also explained fully the basis on which we are negotiating for temperate foodstuffs in a statement on 2nd July. The request for comparable outlets and the arrangements which I explained to the House about the transitional period and the long-term after that are different from the arrangements for the manufactured goods.
§ Sir C. Osborne
Will my right hon, Friend assure the House that if the legitimate objections of the Commonwealth to our joining the Common Market are upheld, he will get from the Commonwealth the same categorical promises that he demands from the other side, namely, that they will lower their tariffs against manufactured goods and take our goods into their market?
§ Mr. Healey
In view of the fact that the course of the negotiations suggest that outlets available to the Commonwealth on much of their products will depend not so much on the machinery agreed but on the prices fixed for these products in the European market, will the right hon. Gentleman give an undertaking that Her Majesty's Government will take no final decision on British membership of the Common Market before the prices of these products have been agreed?