24 NOVEMBER 1961, Page 4

For Tat

TT is not really very surprising that \ It. 'Macmillan should have refused to let Mr. Fleming, the Canadian Minister of Finance, sea the full text of Mr. Heath's speech to the Ministerial Council of the Six. The statements made by Canadian Ministers on the subject of the Common Market, he could argue, 'have been neither sufficiently temperate nor sufficiently discreet for them to be trusted with a record of proceedings in these very delicate negotiations. The hard fact is that of all the Commonwealth countries, Canada is least in the position to adopt an attitude of righteous indignation about Britain's decision; for Canada has never shown herself willing to sacrifice one iota of economic advantage for the sake of the Commonwealth. It is a little late to talk of Empire Free Trade now, some, thirty years after Ottawa.