Oral Answers to Questions — Middle East (Conference)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th July 1949.

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Photo of Mr John Platts-Mills Mr John Platts-Mills , Finsbury 12:00 am, 27th July 1949

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement on the nature and outcome of the conference of British diplomatic representatives accredited to countries of the Middle East.

Mr. McNeil:

The conference of His Majesty's representatives in the Middle East is not yet concluded.

Photo of Mr John Platts-Mills Mr John Platts-Mills , Finsbury

While this conference is going on will the right hon. Gentleman do what he can to see that nothing is done to try to re-establish the policy in the Middle East which we know has come completely unstuck, and see that something is done to support and establish the people of the Middle East so that they can run their own policy?

Photo of Mr Tufton Beamish Mr Tufton Beamish , Lewes

Will the right hon. Gentleman consider placing better facilities at the disposal of the Pakistan Government to keep closely in touch with the deliberations taking place?

Mr. McNeil:

Our relations with the Government of Pakistan are naturally of the most cordial and intimate kind. I should think that it is extremely unlikely that any request from them would be set aside. There are methods of communication with that Government which reside in the Ministry of Commonwealth Relations.