HC Deb 22 June 1971 vol 819 cc263-4W
Q8. Mr. Biggs-Davison

asked the Prime Minister what requests he has received from the Prime Ministers of Canada and Australia, in view of the difficulty of directly associating those Commonwealth realms with the European Economic Community, to include in Her Majesty's Government's negotiations in Brussels provisions for assured outlets for Australian and Canadian exports in the United Kingdom and the Community.

The Prime Minister

There is continuing close consultation with the Governments of Canada and Australia about the future of their trade with the United Kingdom as a member of an enlarged Community, in the negotiations on transitional arrangements, agreement has been reached on a number of products important to these countries.

Q9. Mr. Bruce-Gardyne

asked the Prime Minister whether he will co-ordinate a programme of public speeches by Ministers to ensure that the electorate is properly informed concerning the advantages which would result from the enlargement of the European Community.

The Prime Minister

My right hon. Friends and i will continue to provide this information both through public speeches and by other means.

Q16. Mr. Biggs-Davison

asked the Prime Minister what amendments of, or derogations from, the Treaty of Rome he discussed with President Pompidou in order that essential sovereignty may be maintained if the United Kingdom enters the European Economic Community.

The Prime Minister

As I told the House on 24th May, Persident Pompidou and I agreed that decisions in the Community should in practice be taken by unanimous agreement when vital national interests of any one or more Members are at stake.—[Vol. 818, c. 31–35.]