HC Deb 07 June 1961 vol 641 cc95-6W
59. Sir J. Barlow

asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty whether, in view of the persistent piracy on the north-east coast of North Borneo, Her Majesty's Government will station a frigate at Tawau.

Mr. C. Ian Orr-Ewing

The Royal Navy's operations against pirates in this area take the form of frequent but irregular patrols by all suitable classes of ship. The patrols are planned in close collaboration with the Governor of North Borneo and the local police. During 1961 there have been so far 22 piracies. As a result three people were killed, three are missing and 21 were wounded. Three suspected pirate vessels and 35 suspected pirates were arrested last month. The Admiralty agrees with the local assessment that operations on the present lines are more effective than would be the permanent stationing of one vessel in the area.