HC Deb 15 July 1964 vol 698 cc237-8W
Mr. Shinwell

asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he will make a statement on his visit to United Kingdom forces engaged in resistance to Indonesian infiltration in Malaysia.

Mr. Ramsden

While in the Far East I visited some of the British and Gurkha units now serving with the security forces in Eastern Malaysia. They are operating mostly in thick and steep jungle

Mr. Thorneycroft

The information, in respect of pre-Grigg officers' widows drawing ordinary pensions, is given in the following table of figures:

country, in a rôle which demands fitness, unrelaxed alertness, and readiness to react rapidly to enemy threats. The very high degree of professional competence displayed by all ranks enables them to discharge this rôle with continuing success. They have good equipment and they are well supported by the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force. A sound command structure has been built up, bringing all the security forces under the operational control of a single Director of Operations. I know the House will wish to join me in recognising the great value of the contribution which these British troops are making to the defence of Malaysia.