HC Deb 23 October 1961 vol 646 c14W
41. Mr. Rankin

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will make a statement on the progress which has been made in the Laos talks.

Mr. Heath

The Geneva Conference has been making slow but steady progress.

In Laos the three Princes representing the three main factions have agreed to accept Prince Souvanna Phouma as Prime Minister of a provisional coalition government, and the King has received the Prince in audience to discuss this. I hope that the new government will soon be formed and that Laos will be represented at Geneva by a single delegation empowered to consider and accept the final settlement.