§ 39. Mr. Rankin
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what discussions have taken place between the Governments of the United Kingdom and the United States of America on the effects on Singapore trade of the United States plan to cut a canal across the Isthmus of Kra in Siam.
§ Mr. Rankin
Is the right hon. and gallant Gentleman not aware that the idea of such a canal has been ventilated from time to time? Can he assure us that informal talks have not taken place at some levels lower than Government level?
I can certainly give the hon. Member that assurance. Of course, as the House knows well, the possibility of constructing a canal across the Kra Isthmus has long been thought of in Thailand.