HC Deb 26 April 1966 vol 727 cc534-5
Q4. Mr. Eldon Griffiths

asked the Prime Minister what are the duties of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and the First Secretary of State and Secretary of State for Economic Affairs, respectively, as regards relations with the European Economic Community.

The Prime Minister

I would refer the hon. Member to my speech in the debate on the Address last Thursday.

Mr. Griffiths

Will the Prime Minister make it clear that this proliferation of Ministers is designed not to by-pass the Foreign Secretary but to get this country into Europe as soon as is practicable?

The Prime Minister

My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster continues to be a Foreign Office Minister and will be working directly under the guidance of my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary. But, of course, there are economic considerations. As for the job they have been given; I cannot improve on what I said last Friday as to their relations with Europe.

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