§ 37. Mr. Frank Allaun
asked the Lord Privy Seal to what extent Britain's application to join the Common Market indicates Her Majesty's Government's acceptance of the free movement of labour within Europe, and the free entry into the United Kingdom of nationals of European countries.
§ 77 and 78. Mr. Fell
asked the Lord Privy Seal (1) what study he has made, in the context of negotiations regarding the United Kingdom's entry into the Common Market, of the effect of Articles 48, 49, 50 and 51 of the Treaty of Rome on the future policy of Her Majesty's Government regarding immigration into the United Kingdom from British Commonwealth countries and Colonies;
(2) if he will give a summary of the discussions he has had with the six Common Market countries about Articles 48, 49, 50 and 51 of the Treaty of Rome; and to what extent Her Majesty's Government's proposed Immigrants Bill has been discussed with the Six.
§ Mr. Heath
We have accepted Article 3 (c) and articles 48–51 of the Treaty of Rome concerning the free movement of persons. The administration of these Articles is one of the matters which we wish to discuss with the European Economic Community at a later stage in the negotiations. We have had no discussions whatever with the European Economic Community Governments about the Commonwealth Immigrants Bill.50W
§ 52. Mr. Turton
asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he will give an assurance that there will be a period of at least three months between the conclusion of the negotiations with the European Economic Community and the entrance of the United Kingdom into any agreement resulting therefrom.
§ 55. Mr. Harold Davies
asked the Lord Privy Seal how many economic advisers he has in his delegation conducting the Common Market negotiations; and how many of these are specialists in Commonwealth trade.
§ Mr. Heath
The Delegation includes six senior advisers from the Treasury, the Foreign Office, the Commonwealth Relations Office, the Colonial Office, the Board of Trade and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. All six have an extensive knowledge of the problems of Commonwealth trade. Specialists on individual items will be included in the Delegation as and when necessary.
§ Mr. Heath
We have informed the member Governments of the European Economic Community that we are prepared at the appropriate time to enter into negotiations with a view to membership (if they so wish) of Euratom. In advance of negotiations I cannot indicate the effects of membership of Euratom on the United Kingdom's development of atomic energy for peaceful purposes.
§ 59. Mr. Fernyhough
asked the Lord Privy Seal what safeguards he is seeking for European Free Trade Area countries, particularly Austria and Sweden, in his negotiations following Great Britain's 51W application to join the Common Market; and if he will give an assurance that the United Kingdom application will be withdrawn if such safeguards are not obtained.
§ 64. Mr. Bowles
asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will circulate to Governments of the European Economic Community the full text of the Commonwealth Finance Minister's Conference in Accra in September, in order that these Governments will be fully aware of Commonwealth objections to Great Britain's entry.