40. Mr. Colin Jackson
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the purpose of the planned increase in British forces in the Persian Gulf.
Does the Minister agree that, with regard to the responsibility towards Kuwait, a solution might be better found along the lines of the Arab League and the United Nations? Secondly, is he aware that there is considerable objection to the increase of British forces in the Persian Gulf by many Arab nations?
§ Mr. Healey
The nations in the Gulf seem very satisfied and happy that we are making this small increase in our forces there.
§ Mr. G. Campbell
Will the Government inform the United Nations of any plans about this, since a large majority at the United Nations passed a resolution calling upon Britain to withdraw her forces from Oman, and the Government have, rightly in my opinion, said that that resolution was not consonant with the principles of the Charter?
§ Rear-Admiral Morgan Giles
While these forces in the Persian Gulf would be welcome and of great assistance in stabilising the situation there, does not the Minister consider that they will be 502 in a very isolated position without Aden behind them?
§ Mr. Healey
Not at all. As the hon. and gallant Gentleman will recognise, it is a very long way from Aden to Bahrain.