§ Q14. Mr. Rankin
asked the Prime Minister what consultations he had with President Johnson on the war in Vietnam; and if he will make a statement on the present prospects of securing a peaceful settlement.69W
§ Q15. Mr. Wingfield Digby
asked the Prime Minister what consultations he has had with the United States Government about the events in South Vietnam.
§ The Prime Minister
My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary and I are deeply concerned with the situation in Vietnam. It is our hope that Her Majesty's Government can play an effective part in helping to resolve the present problems and to arrive at a basis for a peaceful settlement. To this end, we have been actively engaged in diplomatic consultations of a confidential nature. These consultations are still going on, and I hope the House will understand that it would be unwise to prejudice the results of much patient and discreet diplomacy by any premature public announcement. As soon as it is possible to do so, I will inform the House of the progress
Committee Reports to (or advises) Reports Published Reports (or advises) confidentially Date Set up Law Reform Committee Lord Chancellor Yes — 16.2.52 Private International Law Committee Lord Chancellor Yes — 18.9.52 Legal Aid Advisory Committee Lord Chancellor Yes — 21.7.50 Advisory Committee on Public Records Lord Chancellor Yes — 22.1.59 National Advisory Council on the Training of Magistrates Lord Chancellor — Yes 24.6.64 Standing Advisory Committee on the Pay of the Higher Civil Service Prime Minister Yes — 1957 Review Body on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration Prime Minister Yes — 1962 The Development Commission H.M. Treasury Yes — 1910 Advisory Panel set up to advise the Chancellor of the Exchequer on applications under S.468 of the Income Tax Act, 1962 Chancellor of the Exchequer — Yes 1951 Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art Chancellor of the Exchequer Yes — 1952 Standing Commission on Museums and Galleries The Lords Commissioners of H.M. Treasury Yes — 1930 The Royal Fine Art Commission (England) H.M. The Queen Yes — 1924 The Royal Fine Art Commission (Scotland) H.M. The Queen Yes — 1927 Royal Mint Advisory Committee Chancellor of the Exchequer — Yes 1922 Advisory Council for Scientific Research and Technical Development Deputy Secretary of State for Defence and Minister of Defence for the Army — Yes December, 1939 Royal Ordnance Factories Board Deputy Secretary of State for Defence and Minister of Defence for the Army — Yes April, 1952 Meteorological Research Committee Minister of Defence for the Royal Air Force — Yes November, 1941
we have made and of the further action which we consider could most fruitfully lead to an end of the fighting and an eventual settlement.