Federation of South Arabia (Air Attack)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 1st August 1966.

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Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Wandsworth Streatham 12:00 am, 1st August 1966

Does not the right hon. Gentleman realise that Her Majesty's Government's reaction is totally inadequate? If Nasser does not hesitate to attack South Arabia now, when British troops are still in Aden, is it not perfectly obvious that he will invade the country as soon as they are withdrawn? Does this not once again underline the utter irresponsibility and perfidy of the British Government in their decision to leave the Federation totally defenceless after independence?