HC Deb 28 November 1956 vol 561 cc42-3W
87. Mrs. Castle

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs why Her Majesty's Government did not send representatives to the recent meeting in Bagdad of members of the Bagdad Pact.

Mr. Ormsby-Gore

The presence of the President of Pakistan in Bagdad on a private visit afforded an opportunity for informal consultations between the Moslem members of the Bagdad Pact. These consultations have, however, in no sense constituted a formal meeting of the Bagdad Pact Council, and the question of sending a United Kingdom Representative did not, therefore, arise.