HC Deb 30 March 1961 vol 637 cc164-5W
Mr. Henderson

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he will give particulars of the foreign troops participating in the fighting in Laos, stating their number, branch of the service and country of origin.

Mr. Heath

There is evidence that several hundred military technicians and advisers from North Vietnam are assisting the Pathet Lao, both in base and forward areas, including gunners and wireless operators. The Royal Laotian Army has enlisted a number of foreign nationals as volunteers, most of whom are, however, residents of the country. Precise figures and details of how foreigners are being used are not available.

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