HC Deb 06 July 1965 vol 715 c1335
22. Mr. Alison

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations if he will make a statement on the progress of his negotiations regarding the Maldive Islands.

Mr. Bottomley

The negotiations for a revision of the Anglo-Maldivian Agreement are progressing favourably, and I hope to be in a position to announce their satisfactory conclusion to the House very shortly.

Mr. Alison

While thanking the right hon. Gentleman for that reply, may I ask him if he can assure us that a satisfactory conclusion will include the safeguarding of our R.A.F. bases at Gan?

Mr. Bottomley

Negotiations have been confidential and I would not like to reveal the terms at this stage. However, they are satisfactory to us and, we have every reason to believe, to the Maldivian Government.