HC Deb 09 April 1963 vol 675 cc1091-2
Q6. Mr. Mayhew

asked the Prime Minister what communications he has now had with President Kennedy relating to proposals for the neutral countries at the 17-Power disarmament conference for reaching agreement on a nuclear tests convention.

The Prime Minister

Any communication I may have with President Kennedy is confidential. Although I understand that the eight non-aligned delegations are preparing new proposals, they have not so far put them forward. When these are tabled, we shall naturally consider them carefully in consultation with our allies.

Mr. Mayhew

Will the Prime Minister agree that the presenting of these proposals by the neutral countries, which is expected tomorrow, could be the critical point of these long-drawn-out negotiations? Is he aware that he would be widely supported in intervening personally, if necessary, with President Kennedy or Mr. Khrushchev to ensure that this vital opportunity is not wasted?

The Prime Minister

Yes, Sir. I am fully aware of that.

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