HC Deb 02 February 1971 vol 810 c348W
Mr. Arthur Lewis

Q19 and Q20. asked the Prime Minister (1) whether he will give the basis upon which he selects and appoints delegates from the House of Commons to international conferences and discussions, etc., in general and the Council of Europe in particular; and what are the qualifications necessary for inclusion in such delegations;

(2) whether, when appointing Members as delegates to the Council of Europe, he seeks to maintain a balance of opinion on the question of the United Kingdom's accession to the Common Market that reflects the views of the House and the country.

The Prime Minister

The nomination of delegates to the Council of Europe and certain other international conferences is a matter for the leaders of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Parties.

The selection of delegates to conferences of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is organised by those bodies themselves.