HC Deb 06 May 1971 vol 816 cc1636-7
93. Mr. Haselhurst

asked the Prime Minister if he will seek to pay an official visit to Luxembourg.

The Prime Minister

I have at present no plans to do so.

Mr. Haselhurst

Would not such a visit serve to remind my right hon. Friend that Luxembourg, although the smallest member of the E.E.C., in no way feels pushed around by its bigger partners, and, as a full member, has been well able to look after what it considers to be its own national interests? Does not my right hon. Friend believe that such reassurance would bring great comfort to many of our fellow-citizens about British entry?

The Prime Minister

If I were to go to Luxembourg again, it would remind me of the pleasant times I spent there during the 1961–63 negotiations? I think my hon. Friend is right. Under the Treaty of Rome, Luxembourg has its rights and voting power and has been able to exercise them.