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Asia (Uk-Us Policy)

Volume 527: debated on Thursday 13 May 1954

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asked the Prime Minister whether he will now make a statement on the points of agreement and difference with the United States of America which have arisen over policy in Asia before and during the Geneva Conference.

The relations of Great Britain with other countries are a matter of constant thought and study and statements upon them are made to Parliament whenever it is thought that the public interest will be served thereby.

Why is the Prime Minister so secretive about all these matters? Why does he never give the House any information?

Why have we to learn what is going on in Indo-China and Geneva from Mr. Dulles and from President Eisenhower's Press conferences? Is it not time that the right hon. Gentleman told the House something, so that we can have an influence on the policy of Her Majesty's Government?

I am always glad when it falls to my lot and to my duty to make general statements to the House.