HC Deb 05 December 1972 vol 847 c1094
Q1. Mr. Kaufman

asked the Prime Minister whether the public statement of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, at Exeter on 18th November, on the subject of the monarchy and the European Economic Community, represents the policy of Her Majesty's Government.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Edward Heath)

My right hon. Friend's remarks about the monarchy were in response to a question. He did not make any statement of policy.

Mr. Kaufman

May I take it that the Prime Minister repudiates his right hon. Friend's inane suggestion that it would be a splendid idea for the Queen of England to become the constitutional monarch of Europe? Does he agree that the suggestion that the Queen should be imposed as a super-monarch over the monarchs of Belgium, Holland and Denmark is a gross insult to them? What consultations has he had with President Pompidou about the restoration of the monarchy in France?

The Prime Minister

I do not think the hon. Gentleman can have read the Press reports. My right hon. Friend is reported as having said that a great many people would like to see this happen and that, if it were the wish of the countries of Europe that this should be so, he would be perfectly happy about it.

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