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Foreign Affairs

Part of Orders of the Day — Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 31st July 1961.

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Photo of Mr John Baird Mr John Baird , Wolverhampton North East 12:00 am, 31st July 1961

I have listened with interest to the hon. Member for Clapham (Dr. Alan Glyn), and there is one point I would like to seize upon. The hon. Gentleman seemed to suggest that it would be dangerous if we let our allies in N.A.T.O. down over their attitude to Angola, and I suppose he also had in mind Algeria and Bizerta. The fact of the matter is, if the hon. Gentleman knew anything about the subject, that at present France's attitude in North Africa is forcing a Government in Tunisia which was pro-Western into the Eastern camp. After nearly seven years of bloody war in Algeria they are also forcing a Government which was pro-French, and which still believes in French culture, into the Eastern camp. We should be doing a great service to N.A.T.O. and to Western culture if we stood up to France and told her where she has gone so far wrong.