HC Deb 27 February 1963 vol 672 cc1235-6
11. Mr. B. Harrison

asked the Secretary of State for Air whether he is satisfied with the security situation at Gan, and that he will be able to maintain the Royal Air Force staging post there indefinitely; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. H. Fraser

By the Agreement of 14th February, 1960, between Her Majesty's Government and the Government of the Maldive Islands, we enjoy until 1986 the unrestricted and exclusive use of Gan Island and the associated defence facilities elsewhere in Addu Atoll. I see no reason why these arrangements should not run their full term, or beyond should both Governments wish to extend them. I am fully satisfied with our measures for the security of our installations.

Mr. Harrison

In view of this welcome assurance, will my right hon. Friend do everything possible to bring pressure to bear on his right hon. Friend to settle the political differences there are between the different factions on these atolls?

Mr. Fraser

I hope that these negotiations can be successfully concluded.