Oral Answers to Questions — Falkland Islands Dependencies

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 18th April 1951.

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Mr. Dugdale:

I assume that the reference is to Paradise Harbour in the Falkland Islands Dependencies. There are an Argentine and a Chilean post on two islands in this harbour. Protests at these actions of trespass on British territory have been delivered locally to the leaders of both parties.

Photo of Sir Fitzroy Maclean Sir Fitzroy Maclean , Lancaster

In view of the complete futility of these repeated protests will the Government take steps to expel these undesirable elements?

Mr. Dugdale:

I do not know what the hon. Gentleman means. Does he mean engaging in warlike operations?

Photo of Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite Lieut-Commander Joseph Braithwaite , Bristol North West

Can the Minister tell us how long this fatuous state of affairs has existed? How long have these people been there?

Mr. Dugdale:

The protests were delivered by the "John Briscoe," when it was relieving British posts in the Dependencies. The Chileans have been there rather longer than the Argentinians. The Chileans set up their post during the Antarctic season, which is just ending.

Photo of Sir Fitzroy Maclean Sir Fitzroy Maclean , Lancaster

Have no protests been delivered through the ordinary diplomatic channels to the Governments concerned?

Mr. Dugdale:

That is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary.