HC Deb 04 April 1962 vol 657 cc44-5W
64. Mr. Wingfield Digby

asked the Minister of Defence whether will make a statement on his meeting with the Australian and New Zealand Defence Ministers at Singapore.

Mr. Watkinson

I am very grateful to the Australian and New Zealand Ministers of Defence for meeting me in Singapore, as I could not at this time accept their invitation to visit them in their own countries. We had full and frank discussions which covered a wide range of subjects of mutual defence interests. These included the setting up of a unified command in the Far East, defence questions which would arise if Greater Malaysia is formed, the future of the Singapore base, and also world-wide problems. We were all agreed that these personal contacts were extremely valuable, and we propose to continue them.