HC Deb 09 June 1969 vol 784 cc183-4W
Mr. Carol Johnson

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if, in view of the recent Declaration on Europe between the Governments of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Italy and the recommendation for the full participation of the younger generation in building Europe, his Department will initiate discussions with the Italian Government with a view to developing a broadly based exchange programme between the countries for younger trade unionists, businessmen, professional persons, educationists and politicians.

Mr. Whitlock

Her Majesty's Government are examining what action might be taken to increase the level of exchanges with Italy and with other Western European countries of such groups. We believe that the main impetus in this country for such exchanges must come from voluntary initiative.