§ 49. Mr. Bottomley
asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations and the Colonies what is the present stage of British diplomatic representation in the Maldive Islands; and what are the functions of the political adviser to the Royal Air Force commander.
§ Mr. Sandys
In Male, the capital of the Maldive Islands, there is a British Representative who is a member of the staff of our High Commissioner in Ceylon. In August, 1963, a political adviser to the Officer Commanding the Royal Air Force Staging Post at Gan was appointed temporarily to assist in carrying out the British Government's undertaking to do all they could to bring about conditions which would enable the authority of the Maldivian Government to be restored peacefully in Addu Atoll. The political adviser has successfully completed his mission and has returned to Britain.