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Joint Military Activities (United States)

Volume 722: debated on Wednesday 22 December 1965

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence if, following the recent talks in Washington, he will make a statement on discussions of proposals for joint military activities with the United States of America.

No, Sir. I have nothing to add to what was said in the House yesterday by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister, when he reported on his visit to Ottawa and Washington.

When my right hon. Friend goes to Washington shortly, will he bear in mind that many Labour Members would oppose in every possible way our getting tied up militarily with American wars in Vietnam, China or other areas east of Suez?

I shall bear in mind, of course, the views of all my hon. Friends and also of hon. Members opposite, and I shall be guided in this as in all matters by what I conceive to be the interests of the country.