§ 7. Mr. Biggs-Davison
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what treaty obligations involving the provision of British military assistance still remain in force between the United Kingdom and Libya.
§ The Joint Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Mr. Evan Luard)
Discussions are in progress on the termination of the Treaty of Friendship and Alliance between the United Kingdom and Libya of 1953, consequent upon the Libyan request for, and our agreement to, the withdrawal of British forces from Libya. These discussions form part of our continuing negotiations with the Libyan Government.
§ Mr. Biggs-Davison
Does the Joint Under-Secretary of State recall that on 2nd February the Foreign Secretary stated that a defence agreement was still 22 in force, whereas on 4th February the Secretary of State for Defence said that a defence agreement was not in force? What exactly is the position, what exactly was the position, and are we to understand that while these negotiations are going on the defence agreement still operates?
§ Mr. Lipton
How much British taxpayers' money has been spent in Libya since the war, and what have we to show for it now?
§ Mr. Wood
May I press the Under-Secretary of State a little further? Is my hon. Friend the Member for Chigwell (Mr. Biggs-Davison) right in assuming from the Foreign Secretary's reply of 2nd February that we still have a commitment, or from the reply of the Secretary of State for Defence on 4th February that the commitment is at an end?