HC Deb 29 April 1965 vol 711 c626
Q4. Mr. Marten

asked the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the discussions he recently had in the United States of America.

The Prime Minister

I would refer the hon. Member to the Answer I gave to similar Questions on 27th April.

Mr. Marten

Will the Prime Minister confirm that, in spite of the considerable opposition from the benches behind him, it is still the policy of Her Majesty's Government to lean very strongly upon the Anglo-American alliance? Second, did he discuss with President Johnson the Atlantic Nuclear Force, and, if so, with what result?

The Prime Minister

Support of the Atlantic Alliance has always been the policy of this party, and we have had very fruitful discussions on this question. [Interruption.] It does not lie in the mouths of hon. Members opposite to talk about questions of major disagreement when their own Front Bench is now divided even on the question of European—[HON. MEMBERS: "Oh."] We have still to hear from the Leader of the Opposition whether he agrees with the proposal for a European nuclear force put forward yesterday by his right hon. Friend. The question of the A.N.F. was very fully discussed with President Johnson in December. It was then agreed that the matter should be further discussed in Paris, and that is what we are going on with now.