HC Deb 20 July 1967 vol 750 cc321-2W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that under the Treaty of Rome and the protocols and declarations annexed thereto all signatories are bound in all circumstances to uphold the present position of Berlin; what is the policy of Her Majesty's Government towards this and towards the provision which gives a privileged financial and commercial position to the West German Republic in relation to trade with Central and Eastern Europe due to the fact that the Federal Republic's eastern frontier is not subject to the common external tariff against countries outside of the Six.

Mr. William Rodgers

The Common Declaration Concerning Berlin adopted when the Treaty of Rome was signed does not have the effect suggested. It is fully in accord with Her Majesty's Government's policy towards Berlin, for which we have special responsibilities. As regards the second half of the question, Her Majesty's Government have made clear that they accept the Treaty of Rome subject only to the adjustments required to provide for the accession of a new member.