HC Deb 12 May 1960 vol 623 cc75-6W
Mr. Thorneycroft

asked the Prime Minister whether he has considered the recent approaches by the countries of the Common Market; and what arrangements are being made between the various Government Departments with a view to making reciprocal approaches by the United Kingdom and the countries of the Free Trade Area.

The Prime Minister

I would refer my right hon. Friend to the Answer given on Tuesday, 10th May, by my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Bassetlaw (Mr. Bellenger). I repeat that Her Majesty's Government warmly welcome the reported proposal of the Ministers of the European Economic Community that talks should be held with the Ministers of the European Free Trade Association. Any such proposals will of course be examined in detail and we shall consult with our partners in the European Free Trade Association. It is too early to say what reciprocal proposals might be made