§ 31. Mr. Gammans
asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what communication he has received from India and Pakistan as to the situation in Nepal.
§ 34. Mr. J. H. Hare
asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what exchanges of views have taken place between His Majesty's Government and the Government of India on the present constitutional crisis in Nepal.
§ The Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations (Mr. Gordon-Walker)
Full exchange of views is taking place between the United Kingdom Government and the Government of India. As soon as possible a statement will be made to the House of the United Kingdom Government's attitude to recent events in Nepal. No communication has been received from the Government of Pakistan.
§ Mr. Gammans
Do the Government anticipate that the recent events in Nepal will have any effect on the recruitment of Gurkha troops?
§ Mr. Hare
Would the right hon. Gentleman not agree that owing to the great history of loyalty going back to the days of the Mutiny, and shown in these days by the presence of Gurkha troops in Malaya, everything possible should be done by the Government and the Government of India to contribute to the restoration of law and order in Nepal, and that, therefore the recognition of the boy King is probably most important?
§ Mr. Gordon-Walker
I think it would be better for me not to anticipate the statement that we shall make as soon as possible on our general attitude to this matter.