Oral Answers to Questions — Arabian Peninsular (Military Operations)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th July 1959.

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Photo of Mr Philip Noel-Baker Mr Philip Noel-Baker , Derby South 12:00 am, 27th July 1959

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will lay a White Paper showing on how many occasions the Sultan of Muscat and Oman and other Arab rulers in the Arabian Peninsular have asked for the assistance of Her Majesty's Forces during the years 1955 to 1959.

Photo of Mr John Profumo Mr John Profumo , Stratford-on-Avon

Parliament has been informed of any significant operations by British forces, including the Trucial Oman Scouts, undertaken in response to requests for assistance from the Sultan of Muscat and Oman or from the Rulers of the Persian Gulf States. The House will, of course, be aware that the Trucial Oman Scouts were set up by the Labour Government in 1951 to maintain peace and good order in the Trucial States. In the circumstances, I do not think that publication of a White Paper is necessary.

Questions on operations in the Aden Protectorates should be addressed to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for the Colonies.

Photo of Mr Philip Noel-Baker Mr Philip Noel-Baker , Derby South

Since the Government have refused a White Paper about military operations which have been carried on since 1955, about the operations of an oil company drilling in the territory of Oman and other matters, I beg leave to give notice, with your permission, Mr. Speaker, that I shall raise the matter on the Adjournment on Thursday.