Oral Answers to Questions — South-East Asia

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 2nd August 1965.

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Photo of Mr Julian Ridsdale Mr Julian Ridsdale , Harwich 12:00 am, 2nd August 1965

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what consultations he proposes to have in the near future with Asian Governments concerning the position in South-East Asia in so far as the responsibilities of Her Majesty's Government are concerned.

Photo of Mr Michael Maitland Stewart Mr Michael Maitland Stewart , Fulham

We remain in close and constant contact with members of the Commonwealth and other friendly Governments in the area, and I am always ready to discuss these problems with any Government wishing to do so. I do not foresee any change in the character of these regular consultations in the near future.

Photo of Mr Julian Ridsdale Mr Julian Ridsdale , Harwich

Are such consultations enough? In view of the growing importance of Eastern and Southern Asia, will the right hon. Gentleman consider making facilities available for Members of Parliament to visit these countries so that they can inform themselves at first hand about what is happening without being obliged to some foreign Government or lobby for their facilities?

Photo of Mr Michael Maitland Stewart Mr Michael Maitland Stewart , Fulham

That is rather different from the original Question. I should have to consider it.