HC Deb 20 July 1970 vol 804 cc17-8
13. Mr. Wingfield Digby

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he proposes to attend the next meeting of the Council of Ministers of Western European Union.

Sir Alec Douglas-Home

I hope that in the future I will be able to attend a Ministerial meeting of the Council of Western European Union. The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster as the Minister responsible for European affairs will be attending the next Ministerial meeting of the Council.

Mr. Wingfield Digby

Will my right hon. Friend do all he can to maintain the usefulness of this organisation? Did he take the opportunity of discussing it with the French authorities during his recent visit to Paris?

Sir Alec Douglas-Home

I discussed a number of matters with the French authorities, not particularly W.E.U. It would be my intention, as far as I can, to promote the discussions which take place in Western European Union, because I think they are very useful.

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