HC Deb 30 January 1967 vol 740 c13W
72. Sir W. Teeling

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will seek to initiate discussions with British owned oil companies which are owed debts by Rumania, with a view to reopening negotiations with Rumania on the same basis as that on which successful talks have been concluded between the Dutch Government and Rumania following agreement with Dutch owned oil companies; and whether he will try to secure an Anglo-Dutch agreement to allow him to make a settlement in Bucharest of other outstanding debts.

Mr. George Thomson

Government and oil company representatives consult regularly on the subject of our claims against Rumania. We have agreed with the Rumanians that the time and place for a resumption of negotiations will be settled through diplomatic channels. There is no parallel between the recent agreeement concluded by the Dutch and our own claims. There is no question of Dutch agreement being required for a settlement of our outstanding claims against Rumania.