The West German Minister for Economics, Professor Erhard, in London (Dec 4) for little more than three hours, was set on arrival at London's Victoria Railway Station, by Britain's Paymaster General Mr.
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Background: The West German Minister for Economics, Professor Erhard, in London (Dec 4) for little more than three hours, was set on arrival at London's Victoria Railway Station, by Britain's Paymaster General Mr. Reginald Maudling.
They drove together to Mr. Maudling's office where they discussed the proposals brought by Professor Erhard, as chairman, from the Council of Ministers of the six Common Market Nations, who met in Brussels Dec 3 and 4. They then went to the House of Commons where they were joined by the Prime Minister, Mr. Harold MacMillan, Mr. Heathcoat Amory, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Mr. Selwyn Lloyd the Foreign Secretary. The conference lasted about an hour, then Professor Erhard then left in fog to catch a train back to Germany.
Ministerial comment was guardedly optimistic on the prospects of finding a way out of the European Free Trade Area impasse, as the result of the 'flying visit'. The essence of the new proposals, brought by Professor Erhard, appears to meet the conditions on which Mr. Handling, as Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of all 17 countries of the O.E.E.C., agreed to re-open negotiations; that the six Common Market Nations, including France, would come forward with a joint plan.