Radfan Tribal Leaders (Communications)

Oral Answers to Questions — Southern Rhodesia – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st July 1964.

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Photo of Mr Arthur Bottomley Mr Arthur Bottomley , Middlesbrough East 12:00 am, 21st July 1964

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations and the Colonies if he will place in the Library the text of the communications from the Radfan tribal leaders to the British High Commissioner in Aden in the course of 1963.

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Wandsworth Streatham

No such communications were received.

Photo of Mr Arthur Bottomley Mr Arthur Bottomley , Middlesbrough East

Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that it is claimed by the Radfan members that they were prepared to join the Federation provided they were not part of the State of Dahla? In these circumstances, can he publish some communication or other information so that the House can judge whether it was necessary to involve British troops in the fighting at Radfan?

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Wandsworth Streatham

I cannot invent communications, even to please the right hon. Gentleman.