Hon. Howard C. Green (Acting Prime Minister):
Mr. Speaker, on February 17 the Prime Minister announced that Right Hon. Harold Macmillan, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, accompanied by Lady Dorothy, would be paying a brief visit to Ottawa on April 7 and 8. Hon. members will have heard with great pleasure on today's news broadcast that the visit is now to be of longer duration. As a result of talks which Mr. Diefenbaker had yesterday in London, the dates of the visit are now arranged for April 8 to April 12.
Mr. Macmillan and Lady Dorothy will be the guests of Their Excellencies the Governor General and Madame Vanier during their stay in Ottawa. As they are arriving here on a Saturday it is planned that they shall spend a quiet week end, which will then be followed by two days of talks with ministers on questions of mutual concern.
The United Kingdom Prime Minister will be arriving in Ottawa from Washington, where he will just have completed talks with President Kennedy. As the right hon. Prime Minister said in the house on February 16 when he first expressed the hope that Mr. Macmillan might visit Canada, it has become a welcome custom that whenever the United Kingdom Prime Minister has visited the president of the United States for consultations, he has almost invariably visited Canada either before or after. Such visits are not only useful but give us a great deal of pleasure, and I am sure all members of the house will welcome the news that Right Hon. Mr. Macmillan and Lady Dorothy have found it possible to spend a few days with us here in Ottawa.
Subtopic: FURTHER ANNOUNCEMENT ON VISIT OF UNITED KINGDOM PRIME MINISTER