HC Deb 16 November 1971 vol 826 cc211-2
Q5. Mr. Skinner

asked the Prime Minister what further plans he has to meet President Pompidou to discuss the subject of the Common Market.

The Prime Minister

I have nothing to add to the answer I gave on 9th November to a Question from the hon. Member for Norwood (Mr. John Fraser).—[Vol. 825, c. 127.]

Mr. Skinner

In view of that answer, perhaps the right hon. Gentleman can tell us a little more about the visit of M. Schuman last week. Is he aware that, when M. Schuman appeared on B.B.C. television after meeting the Prime Minister and others, he went on to say that the common agricultural policy is here to stay and that Britain's entry could not alter it in any conceivable way? Does he not realise that that will only add to the disintegration of his support, especially on this side of the House?

The Prime Minister

M. Schuman did say that, and he was only repeating what the Leader of the Opposition said many times when he was Prime Minister.

Mr. St. John-Stevas

When the Prime Minister does meet President Pompidou, will he discuss with him the proposition that the Treaty of Accession to the Community should be signed in London, so that it can be known as the Treaty of London instead of the Treaty of Rome? Would this not be a supremely ecumenical gesture?

The Prime Minister

This matter is being discussed in Brussels through the official channels.