HC Deb 18 May 1971 vol 817 cc1072-3
Q2. Mr. Dalyell

asked the Prime Minister whether he will now seek to make an official visit to Ceylon.

The Prime Minister

I have nothing to add to the Answer I gave to a similar Question from the hon. Member on 18th February.—[Vol. 811, c. 562.]

Mr. Dalyell

In view of the tragedies which have occurred in Pakistan and Ceylon, should not we be more discriminating about the Governments in Asia to whom we supply arms? Is it wise at this stage to become entangled in propping up in a military capacity the Sultan of Brunei?

The Prime Minister

That has no relationship to the Question put by the hon. Gentleman, which is about Ceylon.

Mr. Burden

Is it not clear that any arms now being used in South-East Asia were supplied by the last Government?

The Prime Minister

I have already told the House that when the democratically-elected Government of Ceylon asked Her Majesty's Government for support to deal with insurrection, we thought it right to support them.