HC Deb 27 July 1967 vol 751 cc971-2
Q9. Mr. Elystan Morgan

asked the Prime Minister if he will give an assurance that the Secretary of State for Wales or another Minister from the Welsh Office will attend any negotiations which are conducted with a view to the admission of Great Britain into the European Economic Community.

The Prime Minister

I would refer my hon. Friend to the Answer I gave on 6th June to a Question by my right hon. Friend the Member for Easington (Mr. Shinwell).—[Vol. 747, c. 189.]

Mr. Morgan

Would not the Prime Minister concede that the problems and conditions of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales are so distinctive in character that they can be properly articulated only by separate representation at such talks, if the talks occur?

The Prime Minister

It will be clear from my previous Answer that it is too early to say which of my right hon. Friends will be actually engaged in negotiations when negotiations start, but my hon. Friend can be assured that, in all the preparation of our briefs on these questions and all the work we have done before and since making the application, my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State has played a very full part; and that the special needs of Wales, as of certain parts of England—including Yorkshire, which someone mentioned—have been fully taken into account.

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