Oral Answers to Questions — Laos (North Vietnamese Troops)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 28th February 1966.

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Photo of Lady  Grant of Monymusk Lady Grant of Monymusk , Aberdeen South 12:00 am, 28th February 1966

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what reports he has received from the International Control Commission concerning the invasion of Laos by North Vietnamese regular fighting units; and if he will make a statement.

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

The last report I received from the International Control Commission on the presence of North Vietnamese troops in Laos was Message No. 35 of 16th September, 1965. A copy of this report was placed in the Library of the House of Commons on 16th December.

Photo of Lady  Grant of Monymusk Lady Grant of Monymusk , Aberdeen South

Did the Prime Minister make any representations to Mr. Kosygin on his recent visit in his capacity as co-Chairman of the Geneva Conference, and, if so, would the right hon. Gentleman say what effect those representations had?

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

As the noble Lady knows, the talks are confidential. The whole matter of the Commission and South-East Asia came into those conversations.

Photo of Mr Christopher Soames Mr Christopher Soames , Bedford

While appreciating the confidential nature of the talks, would the right hon. Gentleman say whether he is satisfied with their outcome?

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

The right hon. Gentleman must try to understand that this is a continuing process; that it is often wise to continue talks even when one knows that the problem under discussion will take a long time to solve.

Photo of Sir Douglas Dodds-Parker Sir Douglas Dodds-Parker , Cheltenham

Would the right hon. Gentleman say whether there was any increase or decrease in the number of troops moving up the Ho Chi Minh trail when the bombing was stopped?