§ 25. Mr. Frank Allaun
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will raise the question 24 of nuclear defence at his next meeting with the French Government.
§ Mr. Anthony Royle
My right hon. Friend the Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary has no current plans for a meeting with the French Government.
§ Mr. Allaun
Did the hon. Gentleman note the views of the Prime Minister on the arguments of M. Deniau, the E.E.C. Commissioner, in favour of supplying our military nuclear technique to France? Did the Prime Minister dismiss this as merely wanting to relax the McMahon Act? What other purpose can there be in relaxing the McMahon Act except to provide this military technique to France?
§ Mr. Blaker
While matters of nuclear defence are obviously important, would not the Under-Secretary agree that the present time is particularly auspicious for a move forward towards greater cooperation with France in foreign policy, whether bilaterally or within the context of the Ten? Could he raise this matter with the French Government?