HC Deb 27 July 1964 vol 699 cc993-4
27. Mr. Warbey

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will state the policy of Her Majesty's Government in regard to the recent official United States proposal that the members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and of the South-East Asia Treaty Organisation shall pursue a common foreign policy in all areas of the globe where there is tension or conflict between Communist and non-Communist countries.

Mr. R. A. Butler

I know of no such proposal.

Mr. Warbey

Has not the right hon. Gentleman read the recent statements, amongst others, made by Mr. Dean Rusk and Mr. Walt Rostow? Is the right hon. Gentleman not aware that a much more militant American foreign policy is currently developing, with a definite attempt to involve America's allies in N.A.T.O. and S.E.A.T.O. in her own quarrels with Cuba, China and Vietnam? Will the right hon. Gentleman undertake that this country will not be involved in these American quarrels?

Mr. Butler

I have read Mr. Rusk's speech of 9th May. I did not read in it any proposal that N.A.T.O. and S.E.A.T.O. should pursue a common foreign policy.