Below is the text of Mr Major’s joint doorstep interview with US Vice-
We have had the opportunity over the last hour or so to range over a number of matters of some importance to both of us. We have spent some time discussing the present circumstances in the Uruguay Round and the absolutely imperative importance of making sure that the Round is completed and completed successfully and as speedily as possible. That has been a substantive part of our discussion.
We have also taken the opportunity to look at the present situation in NATO and the prospects for European defence and also the difficulties that exist in the Soviet Union, both the economic difficulties and of course our concern about the proper control of nuclear weapons both strategic and substrategic.
There have been a number of other bilateral matters but that has been the substance of our discussions over the last hour or so. I will invite the Vice-
May I just say in conclusion that it is a great pleasure to have the Vice-
Thank you very much, Prime Minister. It is a pleasure to be back and let me again congratulate you on a tremendous UN Summit -
The Prime Minister has talked about a number of the issues that we talked about. Let me just mention a couple:
As far as the GATT negotiations are concerned, we must conclude those. There is no linkage between NATO and the troop strength and the successful conclusion of the GATT negotiations. It is imperative that we get on with it. Let us not replace the Cold War with a trade war. The Prime Minister has been very energetic in trying to bring this to a successful conclusion as has President George Bush and we will be working with our other friends and allies to try to accomplish this.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
QUESTION (Adam Boulton, Sky News):
I wonder if I could ask both of you about the recession and when you see an end to it given that it threatens both your re-
I think it would be a good deal more elusive if some of the policies that some people propound were actually put into place. I think that is certainly true but the recovery was always going to be jagged and irregular; I think that is what we are seeing.
There are signs in the United Kingdom that some areas are going to come out of recession a good deal earlier than others; precisely when that will be one can never be certain but that the basics are in place for a recovery I think now is generally accepted and by "the basics" I mean that inflation is now clearly under control -
The most critical point of all about the recession, of course, is that as we come out of the recession we come out of it in a way that is sustainable to ensure that we get steady and sustainable growth in the years ahead. It is going to be a very competitive decade for this country and for other countries and that stable and steady growth without inflation is going to be a priceless commodity for us and for other countries, so I think that is the United Kingdom position.
The best medicine for recovery in the United States is for the Congress to pass the President's jobs package; he has submitted it to the Congress; he has set a deadline for March 20. I hope that the Congress responds. The sooner the Congress responds to the President's jobs package and passes it, the sooner the recovery is going to kick in.
We have a shared understanding of similarities and differences. We have a well-
QUESTION (Adam Boulton, Sky News):
Mr. Quayle, you have said that you want to keep an American presence in NATO here but how sure are you that the American people want to do that?
I am convinced that the American people do because they know it is in their interest. We went home after World War I and you saw what happened. The American people know what it takes to have peace. We feel that our presence here is a strong force for peace and therefore there is no presidential candidate that I know on either side that is articulating that we are going to not have a presence in NATO. There is a difference of commitment and I can assure you that if President Bush is re-
This idea of isolationism being alive and well in America is just simply not the case. Yes, we have some on the left and we have some on the right and unfortunately those on the left and right when they make isolationist statements they get over-