HC Deb 10 March 1959 vol 601 cc1072-3
12. Mr. Wall

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will make a statement about his visit to Aden.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

My visit, which included the Aden Protectorate as well as Aden Colony, was from 10th to 15th February, and 21st to 28th February. On 11th February, I was present at the inauguration ceremony of the Federation of Arab Amirates of the South, and I later visited the Rulers of many of the States in the Eastern and Western Aden Protectorate, including the States of the new Federation.

Mr. Wall

While congratulating my right hon. Friend on the constitutional advance given to the Western Aden Federation, may I ask if my right hon. Friend can say whether this unity is likely to prove the basis of a loyal State which may eventually emerge into an Arab sovereign member of the Commonwealth?

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

That is indeed possible, but I think the Rulers are wise in wanting to build slowly and wisely first.

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