§ 20. Mr. Grimond
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement on the proposals of the Powers interested in South-East Asia for economic aid to the area.
§ Mr. Selwyn Lloyd
The countries of South-East Asia are already receiving 1265 economic aid through the United Nations and under the Colombo plan. I am not aware that the Powers interested in the area are at present considering any fresh proposals for further aid.
§ Mr. Grimond
Will the Minister ensure, while discussions are going on among the Western Powers, that the fact is stressed that we are not only concerned about the defence of South-East Asia, but, as he has said, already we are giving great economic and technical aid and are prepared to give more?