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International Relations

Volume 531: debated on Thursday 29 July 1954

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asked the Prime Minister what progress has been made towards meeting Mr. Malenkov.

I have nothing to add to the statement which I made to the House as recently as the day before yesterday. I said then that Her Majesty's Government intend to take all possible steps, of whatever nature, to decrease tension; but the situation is complex and I cannot yet be more specific on this point.

Does the Prime Minister recollect that a few weeks ago, in reply to a similar Question, he referred to a horse in the Grand National not being expected to jump two obstacles at once? Does he not agree that if any horse was as hesitant as he is himself about his second hurdle, it would meet a rather sticky end? Will the Prime Minister see that he is not restrained until it is too late by those who yesterday acclaimed Syngman Rhee as the champion of freedom and liberty?

I am sure that that supplementary question is as clear to the House as it is to me.