HC Deb 10 November 1958 vol 595 cc7-8W
72. Mr. P. Noel-Baker

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he will make a statement about the present situation in Oman; and the intentions of Her Majesty's Government regarding the use of British troops to assist the Sultan of Muscat and Oman's armed forces against the former Imam of Oman and his brother Talib.

Mr. Ian Harvey

As my right hon. and gallant Friend said on 18th June, almost all of Oman has been quiet since the summer of 1957, and the Sultan's administration is functioning normally.

Three of the rebel leaders together with a few of their followers are still at large in the Jebel Akhdar, which is an inaccessible mountain area. The Sultan's armed forces are encircling the mountain and conducting limited operations designed to bring about the surrender of the fugitives.

Apart from personnel seconded to the Sultan's Armed Forces for the purpose of assisting in the military reorganisation in the Sultanate, there is a small number of troops temporarily engaged in training the Sultan's forces and assisting them to maintain order.