HC Deb 15 June 1964 vol 696 cc123-4W
41. Miss Vickers

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what action is being taken by Her Majesty's Government to safeguard British commercial interests in the Republic of Indonesia; how many estates have been taken over by the Indonesian authorities; and what compensation is being claimed.

Mr. P. Thomas

British commercial interests in Indonesia have in recent months been subjected to interference, supervision and intimidation. Strong representations have been made to the Indonesian authorities.

Only one company, P. and T. Lands, comprising a group of 21 estates, has been "taken over", in the sense that the Indonesian authorities have formally assumed full control. A Presidential decree ratifying or rejecting this assumption of full control is still awaited. Such a decree should state the compensation to be paid.