HC Deb 25 June 1964 vol 697 cc620-2
Q7. Mr. A. Henderson

asked the Prime Minister whether, following the recent Agreement between the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and East Germany, he will reaffirm the policy of Her Majesty's Government of support for the ultimate reunification of Germany in a letter to Chancellor Erhard, as was recently done by President Johnson.

The Prime Minister

The right hon. Gentleman's Question gives me this opportunity to reaffirm once more that the achievement through peaceful means of a free and unified Germany remains a fundamental goal of Her Majesty's Government's policy.

Mr. Henderson

Can the Prime Minister say whether there is any truth in the Press report that discussions are taking place with a view to a declaration being made by the three Western Governments—

Mr. Speaker

Perhaps the right hon. Gentleman can vary his question. We cannot allow question asking for confirmation or denial of Press reports.

Mr. J. Hynd

Will the Prime Minister follow up that reply by making it clear to the Russians, Americans and others that it is Her Majesty's Government's wish that the Powers concerned should enter into early negotiations for a final peace settlement of this and all other questions affecting the German problem?

The Prime Minister

We should very much like that, but it has been very difficult to achieve.

Mr. Henderson

Are the United States and French Governments consulting Her Majesty's Government with a view to a tripartite declaration being issued giving this reaffirmation?

The Prime Minister

Yes, Sir; there are discussions going on between the three Governments.

Sir C. Osborne

Does my right hon. Friend agree that there can be no reunification of Germany until the legitimate apprehensions of Poland have been met?

The Prime Minister

The frontier question would be a part of a complete settlement, but that situation has not arisen yet. We have first to find a way of giving self-determination to the East Germans.