§ 48. Mr. Dodds
asked the Prime Minister if, in view of the present international situation, he will reconsider taking the initiative in an effort to arrange a meeting at top level, representing the United States of America, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics and this country, in an attempt to lessen the tension.
§ The Prime Minister
Perhaps on this somewhat delicate topic I may be permitted by the House to take refuge in metaphor. Many anxieties have been expressed recently at the severe character of the course of the Grand National steeplechase, but I am sure that it could not be improved by asking the horses to try to jump two fences at the same time.
§ Mr. Dodds
As the whole nation wishes the right hon Gentleman godspeed in this important visit to America, will he bear in mind that there are many people who would like to see President Eisenhower pay an occasional visit to this country for discussions and that many more people will be bitterly disappointed if the right hon. Gentleman fails to seek an early meeting with Mr. Malenkov, with or without President Eisenhower?