HC Deb 08 March 1954 vol 524 cc1719-20
13. Mr. Donnelly

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is in a position to make a further state- ment regarding the progress of the Anglo-Burma treaty negotiations.

Mr. Dodds-Parker

As my right hon. Friend informed the House era 20th January, we have been considering proposals made by the Burmese Government for an Agreement following the termination of the former Defence Agreement, and I should prefer not to go into details while discussions are in progress.

Mr. Donnelly

Is it not a fact that the Burmese Foreign Secretary is in this country at the moment, and will the Under-Secretary take an opportunity, whilst he is here, of informing him that all of us in this country are anxious to maintain the closest possible relations with his country?

Mr. Dodds-Parker

My right hon. Friend saw the Burmese Minister last week, and I am sure he is aware—I hope he is—of the friendly feelings in this House too, particularly amongst those six Members who visited Burma on their way through last month.

Mr. Noel-Baker

Can the Under-Secretary of State say whether the Foreign Secretary was able to discuss with the Burmese Minister the removal of the Chinese Nationalist troops from Burmese soil?

Mr. Dodds-Parker

That is another Question, but if the right hon. Gentleman will put it down, I will see if I can give him an answer.