HC Deb 23 March 1964 vol 692 cc12-3
13. Mr. A. Henderson

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what reply he has made to the recent official protest made by President Sukarno that he has in his possession documents of Her Majesty's Government establishing that Her Majesty's Government sought to subvert the Government of Indonesia; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. R. A. Butler

There has been no official protest, but a broadcast speech by President Sukarno on 15th February contains the allegation that the President possessed documentary evidence of a British plan to encircle and undermine Indonesia. No such plan has ever existed and the Indonesians could consequently not have obtained any such documents from their attack on the Embassy on 18th September, 1963.

Mr. Henderson

Has any demand been made to President Sukarno to hand over these purloined documents or, alternatively, to hand over facsimile copies of them so that the true facts may be established?

Mr. Butler

I do not think that any such action is likely to be successful.