HC Deb 21 March 1967 vol 743 c1435
32. Mr. Henry Clark

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs if he will hold discussions with other Commonwealth Governments with a view to the posting of forces in the South Arabian Federation to assist federal forces with defence and the maintenance of law and order after the withdrawal of British forces.

Mr. George Thomas

No, Sir. As the provision of a peace-keeping force in the South Arabian Federation is a measure which the forthcoming United Nations Mission might wish to recommend it would be premature to take such steps as the hon. Gentleman has suggested.

Mr. Clark

Does the hon. Gentleman not consider that some Commonwealth Governments might like to avert a disaster in South Arabia by taking up the responsibilities which this country is to drop like hot potatoes?

Mr. Thomas

That is in the realm of speculation.