HC Deb 20 July 1955 vol 544 cc40-1W
57 and 58. Mr. Kirk

asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies (1) to what extent recent disturbances in the Aden Protectorate were due to incitement from outside;

(2) what steps are being taken to prevent the incursion into the Aden Protectorate of armed bands from neighbouring countries.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd

There is no evidence that recent disturbances in the Eastern Aden Protectorate have certainly been instigated from outside. In the Western Aden Protectorate disturbances by dissident tribesmen have not been solely caused, but have been very considerably fomented, by the instigation and material assistance from the authorities in the neighbouring frontier Province of the Yemen, who also provide refuge for the dissidents.

Last year there were for some months frequent raids from the Yemen. These were dealt with by local tribal guards aided by Government Guards, the Aden Protectorate Levies and, when necessary, the Royal Air Force. This form of incursion ceased late in 1954 but incitement of internal dissidence has continued.

British reinforcements recently sent to Aden will now assist the local forces to deal with the dissident tribesmen and with any incursion that may take place.

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