§ Mr. David James
asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations whether he will make a statement about the conclusion of a defence agreement with Sierra Leone.
§ Mr. Sandys
The Governments of Sierra Leone and Britain have recently consulted together about the need for a defence agreement as envisaged in the Report of the Constitutional Conference held in London in April and May, 1960 (Cmnd. 1029). The two Governments have decided that in present circumstances there is no need for any such agreement between them. Each Government has, however, agreed to continue to afford to the other at all times such assistance and facilities in defence matters as are appropriate between partners in the Commonwealth.