HC Deb 28 February 1966 vol 725 cc888-9
23. Mr. Eldon Griffiths

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps he is taking to form a South-East Asian security system embracing Asian nations between the Gulf of Tonkin and the Indian Ocean and supported by Great Britain, Australia and the United States of America.

Mr. M. Stewart

As I informed the hon. Gentleman on 7th February, I see no need to propose changes at present in the existing arrangements.

Mr. Griffiths

Since Chinese expansionism constitutes a threat to this whole area, what steps is the Foreign Secretary taking to resuscitate the S.E.A.T.O. Treaty, to align our policies and those of our Asian and American allies in the area, and to persuade the Minister of Defence to provide this country with the means of honouring our commitments in the area?

Mr. Stewart

The S.E.A.T.O. Conference takes place before very long and all the nations there concerned will have in mind the kind of thing about which the hon. Gentleman is worried.