Mr John Biggs-Davison: Will my right hon. and gallant Friend assure the House that the Government have appropriate action in mind to meet this very unsatisfactory situation?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: However laudable or otherwise this Fund may be, is it not a fact that the resources of the United Kingdom are not unlimited; and have not Her Majesty's Government a broader duty to provide economic and technical assistance required by parts of the Commonwealth?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: While we are much obliged to my right hon. Friend for his statement, and wish the Tunisian people well, may I ask whether every opportunity will be taken of reaffirming the vital importance to Britain, the Commonwealth and Europe of Britain's alliance with France? Did my right hon. Friend make known in Paris that there are many in this House and many more outside it who remember with deep...
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Minister of Defence whether he is in a position to make a statement on the future of the British Middle East Headquarters and British military and air bases in Cyprus.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: The hon. Member for Hammersmith, North (Mr. Tomney) said "Hope springs eternal in the human breast" and proceeded to give the Conservative Party hope of avoiding defeat at the next General Election. We are very much obliged to the hon. Gentleman on this side of the House. I sympathise with what the hon. Member said about our relationship with Soviet Russia, and I agree with him, though from...
Mr John Biggs-Davison: rose—
Mr John Biggs-Davison: I want to build self-government in Cyprus and to develop it towards full sovereignty.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: May I ask if my right hon. Friend intends now, or on some future occasion, to deal with some of the points raised by myself and others of my hon. Friends?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many British officials in Cyprus are proficient in Greek, in Turkish and in both languages; and how many are proficient in neither.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether the deficiency in gazetted officers and other ranks of the Sierra Leone police has been made good.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Secretary of State for Air the Government's policy regarding disused airfields in Essex.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: May I ask my right hon. Friend whether those which it is necessary for the Department to retain include the present disused airfield at Willingale?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Can my right hon. Friend say how these principles of interdependence and trusteeship are likely to affect our relationship with our Commonwealth partners and with our European neighbours?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Will my right hon. and learned Friend take advantage of the presence of Mr. Dulles in this country to make plain, as my right hon. and learned Friend has done to the House in his admirable statement, the vital importance which this country attaches to the rights, interests and security of our friends in the Arabian Peninsula as well as to our own national interests in the area?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: My right hon. and learned Friend mentioned propaganda being disseminated from Cairo. Can he say whether radio propaganda is being broadcast from Dhahran, in Saudi Arabia, against our allies and this country, and, if so, who is responsible for it?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what is the latest information about the treatment and conditions of two of Her Majesty's subjects sentenced to hard labour by an Egyptian court.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: May I thank my right hon. and learned Friend for that information? As hard labour in Egypt is a very terrible thing, might I ask if from time to time he will report to the House about the conditions of these men so that we may be kept informed?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what approach has lately been made to Her Majesty's Government by the United States of America for a settlement of the Cyprus question.
Mr John Biggs-Davison: Is my right hon. and learned Friend aware that the American Ambassador in Athens has advocated that N.A.T.O. should take a more active interest in the Cyprus question? May we, therefore, be assured that British responsibilities for the island of Cyprus will not be transferred to N.A.T.O. or handed over, as was Palestine by the party opposite, to bloodshed and conflict?
Mr John Biggs-Davison: asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies to what extent the areas leased in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad, and other British Caribbean territories in August, 1940 to the United States of America have been increased, reduced or otherwise altered since then.