HC Deb 17 May 1971 vol 817 cc873-5
18. Mr. Dodds-Parker

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the Government of Ceylon about further supplies of arms.

Sir Alec Douglas-Home

We have, naturally, been in consultation with the Ceylon Government. My information is that their immediate needs have now been met.

Mr. Dodds-Parker

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the overwhelming majority in this House will support the Government in any action taken, and over the sending of any supplies to support democratic institutions in this Commonwealth country?

Sir Alec Douglas-Home

We took the view, which I am glad to see has my hon. Friend's approval, that when law and order was threatened we had an obligation to a Commonwealth Government.

Mr. Dalyell

Do immediate needs include further supplies of arms?

Sir Alec Douglas-Home

I have said that there has been no request for further supplies of arms. If there was we would consider it on its merits.