§ Mr. Ernie Ross
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the policy of Her Majesty's Government towards the final appeal from the World Assembly for Peace and Life Against Nuclear War, which took place in Prague recently, sent to him by the hon. Member for Dundee, West; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Whitney
The recent Prague assembly was the latest in a succession of 13 similar congresses held since 1940 under the auspices of the World Peace Council, which is a disguised instrument of Soviet foreign policy. In our view, the Soviet Union and its allies should spend less time on such appeals and more on the serious business of negotiating balanced arms reductions at Geneva, where they have not matched the West's far-reaching proposal for nuclear arms control. We will not be deflected by this appeal which, whatever its superficial merits, is essentially declaratory and propagandist in intent.