Armed Forces

Part of Bills Presented – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th December 1964.

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Photo of Mr Christopher Mayhew Mr Christopher Mayhew , Woolwich East 12:00 am, 14th December 1964

I am grateful to the hon. Member for drawing attention to this admirable article, which hitherto had been somewhat obscure. I wonder whether I may be allowed to make two corrections. I am grateful to the hon. Member for the warning he gave me that he would quote it, but, first, may I quote in full the sentence which he partly quoted? I said: Personally, I feel strongly that our special position in the Gulf should be regarded as a passing historical phase, and not as a permanent peace-keeping rôle. I also said: Clearly, we cannot suddenly withdraw and leave our treaty partners in the lurch. Whatever its inclinations, and its estimates of Britain's real interest, a Labour Government could not simply abandon the responsibility it would have inherited of security in the Gulf.