HC Deb 23 November 1960 vol 630 cc1114-5
14. Mr. Warbey

asked the Lord Privy Seal what decisions have been reached in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation regarding the construction of bomber bases in the Spitsbergen archipelago.

Mr. Heath

None, Sir.

Mr. Warbey

Is the Lord Privy Seal aware that the Norwegian Government in a recent Note to the Soviet Government had to admit that last year surveys were carried out by an American-financed expedition with a view to the construction of aerodromes in the Spitsbergen islands; and that this was done without the knowledge of the Norwegian Government and contrary to its policy and to the Spitsbergen Treaty of 1921? Is not this a deplorable example of the way in which the Americans can implicate their N.A.T.O. allies in matters which might have very dangerous repercussions?

Mr. Heath

As soon as the Norwegian Government heard of these incidents it recalled the expedition, and it has stated quite clearly that it has no intention of constructing airfields on Spitsbergen.

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