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Anglo-Soviet Relations

Volume 530: debated on Thursday 15 July 1954

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asked the Prime Minister what steps he has taken recently, and particularly since his return from the United States of America, to invite an interview between himself and Mr. Malenkov either in Britain or the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics for the purpose of discussing and if possible arranging an agreement to stop or limit the arms race and to implement a settled world peace.

I have nothing to add to what I told the House on Monday in reply to Questions by the right hon. Gentleman the Leader of the Opposition and by the hon. Member for Pembroke (Mr. Donnelly).

Does the Prime Minister not realise that what he said on Monday was not at all helpful in this matter? Does he not think that the time has come to make a real effort to achieve agreement to regulate or ban the use or abuse of the hydrogen bomb?

I certainly think that those topics should hold a leading place in the minds of all the important personages in all the different Governments of the civilised world.