Oral Answers to Questions — South-East Asia Treaty Organisation

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th April 1967.

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Photo of Mr Alexander Eadie Mr Alexander Eadie , Midlothian 12:00 am, 17th April 1967

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is satisfied that the South-East Asia Treaty Organisation continues to serve the purpose for which it was set up; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Alexander Eadie Mr Alexander Eadie , Midlothian

I think that the House will feel disappointed that the Foreign Secretary was so brief this afternoon. Would he be a little more forthcoming in answering the question about the review of S.E.A.T.O.?

Photo of Mr George Brown Mr George Brown , Belper

I cannot answer the question about the review of S.E.A.T.O. because I am proceeding there in about two hours from now to take part in that very thing. My answer could not have been more forthcoming. It was, "Yes, Sir."

Photo of Mr James Davidson Mr James Davidson , Aberdeenshire West

In view of the very small British representation on the S.E.A.T.O. Headquarters in Bangkok, would the right hon. Gentleman say whether he is satisfied that we are exerting sufficient influence on the contingency planning?

Photo of Mr George Brown Mr George Brown , Belper

I certainly think so, but I will look into the matter in the light of what the hon. Gentleman has said.