HC Deb 14 January 1964 vol 687 cc30-1
Q5. Mr. A. Henderson

asked the Prime Minister whether he will propose to President Johnson during his forthcoming visit to Washington that the official statement recently made by Mr. Khrushchev of possible areas of agreement between East and West should be accepted as a basis of discussion.

The Prime Minister

I shall hope to cover a number of subjects in my talks with the President. East-West questions will obviously come up—several of which were raised in Mr. Khrushchev's message.

Mr. Henderson

May we take it that Her Majesty's Government welcome Mr. Khrushchev's proposals of 31st December for an international agreement to ban force and that they are ready and willing to enter into discussions with the Soviet Government and other Governments on these proposals?

The Prime Minister

We are discussing all these matters with our allies and with other Governments. Mr. Khrushchev's proposal was not quite so simple as the right hon. and learned Gentleman makes it look.

Mr. Wigg

Would the Prime Minister be good enough to give the House an assurance that when he meets the President of the United States he will discuss with him the conversations which took place between the Minister of Aviation and the late President so that the truth can be established?