HC Deb 04 March 1965 vol 707 cc1523-4
Q7. Mr. Zilliacus

asked the Prime Minister, in view of the fact that the establishment of a zone in Central Europe, including both Germanics, Poland, Czechoslovakia and Hungary, free of nuclear weapons, foreign forces and military alliances, is needed to reduce tension and provide a basis for the unification of Germany by agreement with the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and in order to make possible the return home of the British Army of the Rhine, if he will make representations to the West German Chancellor to this effect during his visit to Bonn.

The Prime Minister

I cannot state what subjects will, and what subjects will not, be discussed with the German Chancellor next weekend.

Mr. Zilliacus

Will my right hon. Friend bear in mind that this policy was declared by him in September, 1963, at Scarborough to be of the utmost urgency, and will he further bear in mind the need for very strong pressure on the German Government to make it possible for us to reduce our military commitments on the Rhine?

Mr. Wilson

My hon. Friend always has his distinctive style of drafting, and I do not think that his wording was exactly what I used on that occasion. On the question of the burden of our balance of payments as regards B.A.O.R., this matter was dealt with by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence yesterday, and if I manage to catch your eye later this afternoon, Mr. Speaker, I hope to be able to say a word on the subject myself.