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    MR HAROLD WILSON, THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, LEFT LONDON BY AIR FOR MOSCOW TODAY (MONDAY).?

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    SV MR WILSON INTERVIEWED S.O.F. STARTS "WHAT ARE YOU HOPING TO ACHIEVE ....?" S.O.F. ENDS.... A GREAT NATIONAL DEBATE."
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    LV PLANE
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    CU MR & MRS WILSON ON PLANE STEPS WAVING
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    MR WILSON, AND HIS PARTY, AT LONDON AIRPORT; PRESS CONFERENCE BEFORE DEPARTURE (S.O.F.).



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    REPORTER: "PRIME MINISTER WHAT ARE YOU HOPING TO ACHIEVE ON THIS VISIT?"



    WILSON: "I BELIEVE THAT IT'S ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL FOR THE LEADERS OF GOVERNMENTS TO MEET, EVEN IF THERE ARE DEEP DISAGREEMENTS BETWEEN THE COUNTRIES CONCERNED. THIS IS MY FOURTEENTH VISIT TO MOSCOW AND I KNOW THE SOVIET LEADERS PRETTY WELL AND I WANT TO GO AND DISCUSS WITH THEM, ABSOLUTELY FRANKLY, SOME THE BIG WORLD PROBLEMS - MEANS OF REDUCING TENSION BETWEEN EAST AND WEST, THE PROBLEM OF VIETNAM, OF COURSE, AND ALSO TO SEE WHAT WE CAN DO NEXT TO DISCUSS MEASURES TO STOP THE SPREAD OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS. LORD CHALFONT, THE MINISTER OF DISARMAMENT, WILL, OF COURSE, BE PLAYING A LEADING PART IN THAT. THE OTHER THINGS IS THAT I'VE ALWAYS TAKEN A VERY BIG INTEREST IN THEIR TECHNOLOGICAL ACHIEVEMENTS AND THAT IS WHY THE MINISTER OF TECHNOLOGY, WHO HAD BEEN INVITED TO GO ANYWAY, RATHER LATE IN THE DAY, HAS COME."



    REPORTER: "YOU'RE LEAVING AT A VERY BUSY TIME IN ENGLISH POLITICS, PRIME MINISTER, PARTICULARLY OVER THE DEFENCE QUESTION. WE WERE ALL TOLD A LITTLE WHILE AGO BY MR HEALEY THAT YOU WEREN'T EXPECTING ANY RESIGNATION. DID MR MAYHEW'S RESIGNATION SURPRISE YOU?"



    WILSON: "NO, NOT ALTOGETHER. YOU KNOW, I REMEMBER MR MAcMILLAN GOING ABROAD ONCE FOR SIX WEEKS AND HIS WHOLE TREASURY TEAM, THE CHANCELLOR, MR THORNEYCROFT, MR POWELL RESIGNED. HE CALLED IT A LITTLE LOCAL DIFFICULTY. I'M GOING TO DO THAT. MR MAYHEW IS A VERY PASSIONATE AND DEDICATED MAN AND I THINK THAT THE ISSUES RAISED OUGHT TO BE THE SUBJECT OF A GREAT NATIONAL DEBATE."




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    Background: MR HAROLD WILSON, THE BRITISH PRIME MINISTER, LEFT LONDON BY AIR FOR MOSCOW TODAY (MONDAY). HE WILL HAVE TALKS INT HE SOVIET CAPITAL WITH RUSSIAN LEADERS ON VIETNAM, DISARMAMENT AND ANGLO-SOVIET TRADE.

    MR WILSON, WHO WILL BE IN RUSSIA FOR FOUR DAYS, IS ACCOMPANIED BY HIS WIFE, LORD CHALFONT, THE NATION'S DISARMAMENT MINISTER, AND MR FRANK COUSINS, THE MINISTER FOR TECHNOLOGY.

    MR WILSON TOLD REPORTERS BEFORE LEAVING THAT HE WANTED TO DISCUSS WITH SOVIET LEADERS, ABSOLUTELY FRANKLY, MEANS OF REDUCING THE EAST-WEST TENSION, VIETNAM, AND MEASURES TO STOP THE SPREAD OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS.

    MR WILSON, WHO IS THE FIRST BRITISH PRIME MINISTER TO VISIT MOSCOW SINCE MR HAROLD MAcMILLAN SEVEN YEARS AGO, SAID HE DID NOT THINK IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE TO GET ANY SIGNED TREATIES IN THE FEW DAYS HE WOULD BE IN MOSCOW.

    "THE SPREAD OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS AND VIETNAM ARE THE SUBJECT OF A VERY DEEP ICE JAM AND WE WANT TO GET A BIT OF A THAW. IT WOULD BE SILLY TO EXPECT ANYTHING SPECTACULAR," HE SAID.

    THE PRIME MINISTER SAID BRITAIN WANTED TO INCREASE EXPORTS TO RUSSIA AND HE THOUGHT THERE WAS A VERY GOOD CHANCE OF DOING THIS.

    MR WILSON REMAINED NON-COMMITTAL ABOUT PERSISTENT RUMOURS IN BRITAIN THAT HE IS PLANNING A GENERAL ELECTIONS FOR THE SPRING.

    THE PRIME MINISTER WAS ASKED ABOUT THE CURRENT CONTROVERSY RAGING IN BRITAIN OVER HIS 16-MONTHS-OLD GOVERNMENT'S PLANS FOR DEFENCE, AND PARTICULARLY ABOUT THE RESIGNATION LAST WEEK OF MR CHRISTOPHER MAYHEW, THE NAVY MINISTER.

    HE SAID THAT HE FELT THAT THE ISSUES RAISED BY MR MAYHEW'S RESIGNATION SHOULD BE THE SUBJECT OF A NATIONAL DEBATE ON HIS RETURN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACUZ22LVFY94P1FAWHY92ROKI5
    Media URN:
    VLVACUZ22LVFY94P1FAWHY92ROKI5
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/02/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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