HC Deb 23 July 1969 vol 787 cc1716-7
29. Mr. William Hamilton

asked the President of the Board of Trade what further progress has been made in the negotiations with Greece on the sale of a nuclear power station.

Mr. Crosland

Negotiations are continuing between the various interests concerned, and I hope that they will be concluded successfully in the course of this year.

Mr. Hamilton

Can my right hon. Friend answer two questions? First, is the agreement inevitably tied up with the purchase of Greek tobacco by the United Kingdom, and, second, will he make it clear that, whether this agreement goes through or not, Her Majesty's Government in no way condone the bestial activities and practices of the military régime?

Mr. Crosland

On the first point, the two sets of negotiations are not inevitably linked, but they are certainly very closely linked. On the second part of the question, I make it clear again, as I have made it clear many times before, that the fact that we encourage trade with Greece does not in any way alter the very strong feelings which I and my colleagues have about the nature of the Greek Government.

Mr. Hugh Jenkins

Would my right hon. Friend make it clear that a Greek general would be persona non grata if he came as an ambassador to this country and that this would not be affected by the nuclear agreement?

Mr. Doughty

Does the right hon. Gentleman not think it rather undesirable to criticise foreign governments? If we are to consider Governments in Greece perhaps he would like to read the history of the Communist rebellion there immediately after the war?