HC Deb 01 December 1948 vol 458 cc1977-8
10. Mr. Thomas Reid

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if his attention has been drawn to the claim by the Provisional Jewish Government of the Port of Akaba; and if he will immediately make it clear to all concerned that this port is covered by the terms of the Anglo-Transjordan Treaty.

Mr. Mayhew

I am aware that Jewish claims have been made to Akaba. It is not clear whether these refer to the port of Akaba itself, which is in Transjordan territory, or to other parts of the coast. His Majesty's Government have constantly in mind their obligations under the Anglo-Transjordan Treaty.

Mr. Reid

Does my hon. Friend's answer mean that in a case of aggression against Transjordan, His Majesty's Forces would be used if necessary?

Mr. Mayhew

Yes, Sir, that is implied in the Treaty. Therefore, that would be the case.

Dr. Segal

Have the Government of Transjordan yet availed themselves of the existing port facilities at Akaba?

Mr. Mayhew

That is another question.

Mr. Pickthorn

May we have it quite plain that there is no risk of any accomplished fact in connection with the Port of Akaba, but that the Port of Akaba will be defended, if necessary, by His Majesty's Forces?

Mr. Mayhew

I think it is clear that an attack on the Port of Akaba, in violation of the truce, would be an act of aggression against Transjordan, requiring action under the Anglo-Transjordan Treaty.

Mr. Emrys Hughes

Is this another military commitment we have entered into, and has it been submitted to the Minister of Defence?