§ 49. Mr. E. L. Mallalieu
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make a statement on the invitation to Her Majesty's Government to take part in discussions between the Benelux and other European Governments with a view to further European economic co-operation and on the intentions of Her Majesty's Government with regard to these discussions.
§ The Joint Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs (Mr. R. H. Turton)
Her Majesty's Government have not yet received the formal invitation. In the meantime they are giving the matter careful consideration. My right hon. Friend has, therefore, no statement to make at the present time.
§ Mr. Mallalieu
Would the right hon. Gentleman assure the House that the Government will obtain representation on the relevant committees at an early stage, rather than wait until decisions which may vitally affect our industry are taken in our absence?