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Disarmament

Volume 655: debated on Tuesday 13 March 1962

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Q6.

asked the Prime Minister if he will convey in his next letter to Mr. Khrushchev the wishes of the British people for a successful outcome of the proposed disarmament talks between the United Kingdom, the United States of America, the Soviet Union and all other nations interested in bringing the arms race to an end.

I am sure that the whole House will be glad of this opportunity to express its wishes for a successful outcome of the Geneva Conference. I, for my part, am sending my noble Friend the Foreign Secretary a message of good wishes which he will convey to the Conference in his opening speech.

Is the Prime Minister aware that he will take with him the good wishes of the British nation if he goes forward with a genuine attempt to bring about a disarmament agreement, but that if he uses this again as an election gimmick he will receive the condemnation of the British people?

While I welcome the spirit in which the Question was put and also the first half of the supplementary question, I would very humbly say that I do not think that the hon. Gentleman has added by his closing remarks to the weight of the message he wanted to go from this House.