South-East Asia (Defence)

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 13th May 1954.

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Photo of Mr Aneurin Bevan Mr Aneurin Bevan , Ebbw Vale 12:00 am, 13th May 1954

asked the Prime Minister which are the countries with which Her Majesty's Government are having conversations with regard to a security pact for South-East Asia.

Photo of Mr Desmond Donnelly Mr Desmond Donnelly , Pembrokeshire

asked the Prime Minister whether he will make a statement regarding the progress of the conversations regarding a South-East Asia security arrangement.

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Woodford

I should be very ready to make a statement on this subject, but the situations at Geneva and in Paris are, at the present time, so uncertain that I think it would be better to wait till next Monday. If the right hon. Gentleman and the hon. Member will repeat their Questions then, I will give them the fullest answers which are possible.

Photo of Dr Mont Follick Dr Mont Follick , Loughborough

In view of the fact that the Portuguese have a colony very near Australia, can the Prime Minister say whether anything can be done about that colony in the conversations that will deal with that area?

Photo of Mr Winston Churchill Mr Winston Churchill , Woodford

I should like to make detailed inquiries into these matters before I attempt a public answer.