§ 62. Mr. Skeet
asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will publish the terms of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation injunction forbidding the export of large diameter pipe to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics; if he will specify the member countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation who agree therewith; and if he will give the actual terms of Her Majesty's Government's reservations.
§ The Lord Privy Seal (Mr. Edward Heath)
No, Sir. Her Majesty's Government are not in a position to publish the texts of confidential North Atlantic Treaty Organisation decisions. Nor are they in a position to disclose any reservations which may have been attached to them by member Governments.
§ Mr. Skeet
Is my right hon. Friend aware that Herr von Hase indicated that, while certain reservations were made by several countries early in the peace, all nations concurred in the ultimate decision that large diameter pipes ought not to be exported to the Soviet Union? Would it not be wise in these circumstances to have the unanimous verdict of N.A.T.O.?
§ 66. Mr. Rankin
asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will make a statement on the outcome of his meeting with the United States Under-Secretary of State on the sale of steel pipes to the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
§ Mr. Rankin
In view of the widespread comment which has been made on what would appear to be the interference by the United States of America in a trade which is regarded as legitimate, would not the right hon. Gentleman give us a little more information than he has just given? Did the United States Undersecretary of State oppose this steel-pipes treaty between Britain and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics?