§ Mr. Longden
asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations and the Colonies what are the origins, objectives and extent of the obligations of the United Kingdom to the Federation of South Arabia; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Sandys
Britain's obligations to the Federation, which derive from the Treaty of 11th February, 1959, are to conduct the Federation's external relations in consultation with the Federal Government; to protect the Federation and assist in maintaining internal security; to provide advice and aid in its social, economic and political development; and to assist in the maintenance of Federal defence and security forces. Our aim is to help the Federation progress towards independence.