§ Mr. Soames
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what are the objectives of Her Majesty's Government in their foreign policy.
§ Mr. Whitney
The principal objectives of our foreign policy are to enhance security, prosperity and stability not only of the people of this country and of the dependent territories for which Britain is responsible, but of our allies and partners as well.
Our foreign policy is founded on the conviction that Britain cannot flourish in isolation. Accordingly, British membership of NATO and of the European Community plays a central role in the Government's foreign policy. Our active membership of the Commonwealth strengthens links to the rest of the world. The Government support the work of the United Nations where Her Majesty's Government carry out their responsibilities as a permanent member of the Security Council. Our approach for the attainment of our objectives is one of vigorous promotion of Britain and British interests in every sphere.