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Minister Of Defence (Visit To Washington)

Volume 529: debated on Thursday 8 July 1954

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49.

asked the Prime Minister the purpose of the projected visit of the Minister of Defence to Washington.

My noble Friend is visiting the United States on the invitation of Mr. Charles Wilson, the United States Secretary of Defence. He will have general discussions with Mr. Wilson and his advisers and will visit a number of establishments at which the latest types of American arms and equipment are being developed. There are also military and strategic questions on which there will be an interchange of opinion with the highest professional authorities in the United States.

Does the Prime Minister think that his noble Friend will be more successful than he was in bridging differences with the United States?