HC Deb 10 February 1964 vol 689 cc19-20
22. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what communications he has recently received from the United States Government on the subject of a further order of buses for Cuba and what replies he sent.

Mr. Mathew

We have received no formal representations from the United States Government. They have, however, made it clear that they would regret any further contract. We for our part have explained that the only restrictions we impose on trade with Cuba relate to the export of military and strategic materials.

Mr. Hughes

Is the hon. Gentleman aware that that answer will have the support of hon. Members in all quarters of the House? Does he not agree that it is absolutely inconsistent of the United States Government to protest about our sending buses to Cuba when they are sending grain to Russia to feed the Red Army? Can we rely upon the representatives of the Government at the forthcoming conference to make a determined stand on this matter and not to be in any way intimidated or bullied by the United States Government?

Mr. Mathew

The hon. Gentleman can be fully satisfied that he can rely upon the representatives of this Government in all matters on all occasions.

Sir A. V. Harvey

Has my hon. Friend seen a report of the utterances of Senator Goldwater, who suggested that United States warships should prevent Britiish buses from being shipped to Cuba? Will my hon. Friend make it absolutely clear to Senator Goldwater and others that we reserve the right to ship commercial products to any country we please and ask in turn that the Americans should refrain from sending arms to Indonesia?

Mr. Speaker

The hon. Gentleman is not responsible for asking questions of individual senators in the United States.