HC Deb 27 July 1967 vol 751 cc968-9
Q5. Sir F. Bennett

asked the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on his policy towards efforts which are being made by United Arab Republic controlled terrorist organisations to infiltrate and influence organisations which function in British-administered territories for purposes of subversion of law and order.

The Prime Minister

Our policy is to resist such efforts wherever they may be made.

Sir F. Bennett

Would not the Prime Minister agree that one of the major causes of unrest throughout the whole of the Middle East, and even further afield to other British dependencies, is the unending efforts of President Nasser and the United Arab Republic to interfere in the internal affairs of other countries? In this context, does he think that the occasional dispatch by his right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary of billets-doux to President Nasser is adequate to meet the challenge.

The Prime Minister

The matter has been very fully discussed in our debates about Aden and about the South Arabian situation. But I thought that the Question related to U.A.R. controlled terrorist organisations in British administered territories. If it is Aden, that has been fully dealt with in debate, but if the hon. Member has other territories in mind, perhaps he will let me know about them.

Mr. Dodds-Parker

As this affects Aden, what does the Prime Minister intend to do about the use of gas in the Yemen, in view of the fact that both Egypt and ourselves are signatories to the Geneva Convention of 1925?

The Prime Minister

I answered a question on the subject of the second part of that supplementary question last week. I do not think that the first part arises from a Question about events in British administered territory. The Yemen is not a British-administered territory.

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