Five-Power Defence Talks (Kuala Lumpur)

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 3 December 1969.

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Photo of Rear-Admiral Morgan Morgan-Giles Rear-Admiral Morgan Morgan-Giles , Winchester 12:00, 3 December 1969

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what progress was made at the Five-Power defence talks at Kuala Lampur in which the United Kingdom took part, which ended on 6th November.

Photo of Mr Roy Hattersley Mr Roy Hattersley , Birmingham Sparkbrook

Officials of the countries represented at the Five-Power Conference on Far East Defence held in Canberra in June met in Kuala Lumpur from 4th to 6th November. They examined the requirements of an air defence system and agreed upon the need for the various elements to be knitted together. The officials also considered a number of matters affecting naval co-operation. Progress was made in both these areas. Further detailed work will proceed in the joint-Service and single-Service Advisory Working Groups. The meeting was also briefed on the good progress made with the planning of the Joint Commonwealth Exercise in 1970.

Photo of Rear-Admiral Morgan Morgan-Giles Rear-Admiral Morgan Morgan-Giles , Winchester

Is the "knitting" which was done at Kuala Lumpur fully satisfactory to the Australians and Malaysians, and are the requirements of these Governments fully taken into account?

Photo of Mr Roy Hattersley Mr Roy Hattersley , Birmingham Sparkbrook

I think that on reflection the hon. and gallant Gentleman will realise that questions about the satisfaction of other Governments are not questions on which I can properly comment.