HC Deb 30 June 1964 vol 697 c1135
Q4. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Prime Minister whether he will authorise the Foreign Secretary, on the occasion of his visit to Moscow, to sign a non-aggression pact with the Soviet Union.

The Prime Minister

No, Sir. We think that there are now more practical ways open to us for seeking to continue the improvement in relations with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Mr. Hughes

Does the Prime Minister recall that his predecessor was a strong supporter of the idea of a non-aggression pact with the Soviet Union? Is he aware that his predecessor is still very popular with the Soviet Union because of the remarkable speech that he made extolling the achievements of Mr. Khrushchev and Communism? Will he think over the idea of sending his predecessor, along with the Foreign Secretary—two fellow-travellers—to put this point of view before the Soviet Government?

The Prime Minister

It might be awkward if I commented on fellow-travellers. I will not be led into that. I do not think that I will adopt the hon. Member's suggestion.