HC Deb 17 December 1963 vol 686 cc192-3W
Q12. Mr. Carmichael

asked the Prime Minister what discussions have taken place or are planned between Her Majesty's Government and the Governments of the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics with the object of having the emergency telecommunication line linking the White House and the Kremlin extended to Downing Street.

The Prime Minister

The direct link between Washington and Moscow provides a reliable line of communication between East and West in an emergency. I already have effective direct communications with President Johnson. I will keep the possibility of a further extension of these arrangements under review.