§ 50. Mr. Goodhart
asked the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of the cuts made in United Kingdom defence expenditure in Aden will be made in the next two years.
§ Mr. Goodhart
Is it proposed that British officers should still be seconded to the South Arabian Federal Forces after 507 1968? Will we still be making the very substantial contribution which we make at present to the East Aden Protectorate Forces, such as the Hadrumati Bedouin Legion?
§ Mr. Healey
All British forces will be withdrawn after independence, as has been made clear to the House in the defence debate, but, of course, very substantial financial assistance is being given to the Federal Government to enable it to equip and train forces of its own.
§ Mr. Francis Noel-Baker
Would not my right hon. Friend agree that the only basis on which British troops could remain in the Federation or in Aden in future is as participants in a United Nations force?