Greece

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 27th March 1972.

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Photo of Mr Christopher Woodhouse Mr Christopher Woodhouse , Oxford 12:00 am, 27th March 1972

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs when he intends to seek to make an official visit to Greece.

Photo of Sir Alec Douglas-Home Sir Alec Douglas-Home , Kinross and West Perthshire

I have no plans to do so for the present.

Photo of Mr Christopher Woodhouse Mr Christopher Woodhouse , Oxford

If my right hon. Friend receives an invitation, will he seek to assure himself before accepting that such a visit would conduce to the restoration of parliamentary democracy in Greece rather than the continuation of the military dictatorship?

Photo of Sir Alec Douglas-Home Sir Alec Douglas-Home , Kinross and West Perthshire

We should like to see the restoration of democracy in Greece but I am not planning a visit.

Photo of Mr Robert Maclennan Mr Robert Maclennan Shadow Spokesperson (Scotland)

Have there been discussions within N.A.T.O. about the expressed desire of the United States to find home ports in Greece for the Sixth Fleet? Have Her Majesty's Government expressed any view about this?

Photo of Sir Alec Douglas-Home Sir Alec Douglas-Home , Kinross and West Perthshire

I understand that the reason for asking for facilities from Greece is for American families to be near their serving sailors. I do not think that it is a matter in which we could intervene.

Photo of Sir Peter Emery Sir Peter Emery , Honiton

In any conversations with Greece will my right hon. Friend bear in mind the very major rôle which it plays in N.A.T.O. and the need to ensure that that flank with Turkey is properly defended?

Photo of Sir Alec Douglas-Home Sir Alec Douglas-Home , Kinross and West Perthshire

Yes, Sir. This is particularly important in view of the change in the balance of power in the Eastern Mediterranean in recent years.