HC Deb 16 July 1970 vol 803 c1721
Q4. Mr. St. John-Stevas

asked the Prime Minister whether he will seek to pay an official visit to the United States of America.

The Prime Minister

President Nixon has invited me to visit the United States. I look forward to doing so at a mutually convenient time.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

Is my right hon. Friend aware how much pleasure it will give hon. Members on this side if his first official visit abroad should include a call on the Head of State who had the prescience to realise some time ago that my right hon. Friend would be sitting where he is today—where he is likely to remain for the foreseeable future?

Mr. Faulds

Ha! He is helpful.

The Prime Minister

I shall be very happy to visit the President again, and I am glad to have the support of the hon. Member for Smethwick (Mr. Faulds) in doing so.

Mr. E. L. Mallalieu

In view of the high proportion of Questions addressed to the Prime Minister, from both sides of the House, which seem to wish him to be elsewhere than in this House, will he consider making arrangements to stay away permanently?

The Prime Minister

The hon. and learned Member will appreciate, however, that, unlike my predecessor, I have been able to resist those blandishments.

Mrs. Shirley Williams

When visiting the President of the United States, will the Prime Minister carefully consider the reasons why the United States has reached the conclusion that it would be unwise to sell arms to the Republic of South Africa?

The Prime Minister

There will be ample opportunity to discuss that matter later.