HC Deb 22 March 1971 vol 814 cc27-8
31. Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what further proposals there are for strengthening economic cooperation with the CENTO Powers after the completion of the railway from Turkey to Teheran.

Mr. Wood

The railway is only one part of the CENTO programme of economic co-operation. The programme will continue after the railway is completed, and we shall still play our part in it.

Mr. Dodds-Parker

In view of the importance of this new link with Turkey, will my right hon. Friend draw the attention of the Turkish authorities to the Middle East Development Organisation, which is widely supported in N.A.T.O., to see whether it can help with further development?

Mr. Wood

I take note of my hon. Friend's suggestion.