HC Deb 29 June 1967 vol 749 cc742-3
Q2. Mr. Winnick

asked the Prime Minister what consultations he has had with the Prime Ministers of other North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries over the rôle to be played in future by Greece in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.

The Prime Minister

None, Sir.

Mr. Winnick

Since N.A.T.O. was intended apparently for democratic countries, is there to be any change over the membership of Greece? Following yesterday's meeting of the National Executive of the Labour Party, will my right hon. Friend consider raising his voice loudly and clearly about the conditions of political detainees in Greece, many of whom are being served brutally by the riff-raff who rule Greece at the moment?

The Prime Minister

As far as the Alliance is concerned, I have nothing to add to what my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence said about the widespread concern throughout the Alliance at recent events in Greece. The position of Her Majesty's Government in pressing for a return to democratic methods in accordance with the Greek Government's promise is already well known. My right hon. Friend has already taken action about British detainees, as my hon. Friend knows.

Mr. Bruce-Gardyne

Has the Prime Minister noticed the advice given yesterday that moral judgments on foreign Governments are a luxury that this country cannot afford? Will he pass that advice on to some of his hon. Friends?

The Prime Minister

I do not think that it is customary in this House to discuss statements made by Royal personages.