HC Deb 05 May 1964 vol 694 cc1110-1
Q3. Mr. Wyatt

asked the Prime Minister whether the public speech of the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs on Friday 24th April at Saffron Walden on foreign and economic affairs represents the policy of Her Majesty's Government.

The Prime Minister

Yes, Sir.

Mr. Wyatt

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that in that speech the Foreign Secretary spoke of his determination to adjust our policies to changing needs? In that case, would the Prime Minister consider urgently calling a conference of America, Russia and ourselves to go into these reports that Middle Eastern Powers have nuclear weapons and, if they are found to be true, to decide what action should be taken? If those Powers are to have nuclear weapons, the whole world is in danger.

The Prime Minister

There is a Question on that subject which I will answer on Thursday. I can say now that there is no evidence to support the suggestion made in certain newspapers yesterday.

Mr. Scholefield Allen

Is the Prime Minister a ware that the failure of the pre-war Conservative Government to apply oil sanctions against Mussolini when he was about to invade Abyssinia was one of the main causes of the Second World War?

The Prime Minister

I have already said that if the hon. and learned Member and his hon. Friends wish to apply sanctions against South Africa, Cuba, or China, they should say so. That is not the Government position.

Mr. Fernyhough

Surely the right hon. Gentleman is mistaken. The Government of which he is a member and previous Governments have applied sanctions in the way of trade boycotts against many Communist countries. Does his answer mean that there is now no strategic ban against any goods to any Communist country?

The Prime Minister

The hon. Gentleman is mistaken. There is the COCOM list of strategic materials which we do not supply to any country which might be an aggressor against the N.A.T.O. alliance. Otherwise, we apply no kind of boycott.