HC Deb 06 April 1948 vol 449 cc7-8
15. Mr. House

asked the Secretary of State for War if he is aware that the representatives of the Sinclair Company, engaged in oil extraction in the Ogaden have been attacked by armed bands; that, in consequence, oil extraction has been suspended and the company's representatives have been obliged to retire for safety to Dire Dawa; and why the British Military Administration, which is responsible for maintaining order in the area, under the Anglo-Ethiopian Agreement, 1942, has refused to protect the employees and installations of the company.

Mr. M. Stewart

I have just received a full report on this matter from the overseas military authorities. When this has been studied I will write to my hon. Friend.