HC Deb 01 August 1961 vol 645 cc161-2W
91. Mr. Milne

asked the Lord Privy Seal why authorisation was given for the issue of an official statement on call-up preparations to met the Berlin crisis before a statement was made to the House.

Mr. Godber

No official statement has been made on call-up preparations to met the Berlin crisis. At a news conference on 26th July, the Foreign Office spokesman, in answer to a diplomatic correspondent, made a factual reference to the Government's call-up powers. His actual words were: I think it is well known the Government have powers to call up certain classes of reservists without legislation.

93. Sir J. Lucas

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will put forward the suggestion that the seat of the United Nations should in future be the free city of Berlin, thus ensuring unrestricted access to all nations or that the sittings should be held in New York and Berlin alternatively at suitable periods.

Mr. Godber

This suggestion of my hon. Friend has been noted, but I cannot comment on this or other similar proposals at the present time.

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