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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 Joseph Godber Mr Joseph Godber , Grantham 12:00 am, 31st July 1961

No, we have tackled it in a different way, which is the way I have explained and the way it has been explained by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister. It is the way by which we ourselves can decide whether anything is suitable to go, in the light of whether we believe that it is possible to use it in those territories. I honestly believe that that is the most effective way and that, in fact, supplies that have been sent have not been sent on since this particular policy has been developed.

The point I was making was that, clearly, there must be supplies that have been provided by the United Kingdom in previous years over which, of course, we have no control, and I merely say in relation to the requests for this information that, whatever the information, what it would prove would seem to be extremely problematical.

I was asked about Dr. Scott. Further representations have been made to the Portuguese authorities. We are informed that Dr. Scott is being properly treated, and was visited by his wife on 25th July, and again on 28th July. I have no further information on that case—