HC Deb 22 October 1969 vol 788 cc261-2W
57. Mr. Arthur Lewis

asked the Prime Minister whether he will publish in HANSARD details of the assurances which he gave to New Zealand's Deputy Prime Minister concerning the safeguarding of New Zealand's interests if Britain enters the Common Market; and to what extent such safeguards and assurances will apply to Australia as well as New Zealand.

The Prime Minister

The New Zealand Government are aware that Her Majesty's Government will seek the maximum accommodation for New Zealand's interests, and that our position with regard to the safeguarding of New Zealand interests was set out in the Statement made by my right hon. Friend the then Foreign Secretary to the Council of Western European Union on 4th July, 1967, and laid before the House on the same day as Command Paper No. 3345. I repeated these assurances to the Deputy Prime Minister of New Zealand, Mr. Marshall, in the course of our conversation on 17th October. It has always been recognised that New Zealand's case, in the event of British entry into the European Communities, is of an altogether special kind.