HC Deb 20 June 1951 vol 489 cc489-90
6. Captain Ryder

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies how many bases we now have in the Falkland Island Dependencies permanently manned; and what plans the Government have for the further exploration, survey and development of this territory during the next open season.

Mr. Dugdale

There are at present four permanently manned British posts in the Dependencies, in addition to South Georgia, which is permanently inhabited and administered territory. Plans for the coming season will involve an increased scale of activity in these territories, but I cannot give details at this stage.

Captain Ryder

Can the Minister say what administrative organisation exists in these Dependencies, and is he satisfied that it is adequate to maintain British rule in that area?

Mr. Dugdale

Yes, Sir.

Sir Herbert Williams

How many stations are manned by the Chileans and Argentinos who are trespassers there?

Mr. Dugdale

That question had better be asked of my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary or the Chilean Government.

Sir H. Williams

Do I understand that the right hon. Gentleman does not know who is in British Colonial Territories for which he is responsible?

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Captain Ryder

How does the Minister of State reconcile his remark that he is satisfied with the administration there with his comment that he does not know how many foreigners are in the territory?

Mr. Speaker

The Question asks not about the number of foreigners but about the number of bases we have in the Dependencies.

Captain Ryder

May I say, Mr. Speaker, that my Question asks also about what developments are taking place?