HC Deb 06 April 1970 vol 799 c15
5. Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what progress is being made, following the declaration after the visit of President Saragat, in the furtherance of closer relations with Italy, particularly in the technological field.

Mr. George Thomson

Good progress is being made. After the successful inaugural meeting of the Anglo-Italian Science and Technology Committee in Rome on 14th and 15th January, we look forward to holding the second meeting in London, probably in June. Her Majesty's Government look forward to working increasingly closely with Italy in the advanced technologies.

Mr. Dodds-Parker

As time goes on, can the right hon. Gentleman give details of the very important technological work carried out between the two countries and make certain that this is not just another bombastic statement following a State visit?

Mr. Thomson

Yes. I will be happy to keep the House informed about developments.