HC Deb 23 November 1964 vol 702 cc132-3W
84 and 85. Mr. Warbey

asked the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (1) what is the function of the British Advisory Mission in Viet-Nam; and to whom their advice is tendered;

(2) if he will publish in a White Paper or in the OFFICIAL REPORT an account of the activities of the British Advisory Mission in Viet-Nam.

Mr. George Thomson

The British Advisory Mission in Saigon has the task of advising the Government of Viet-Nam, when asked, on administrative co-ordination and police matters. Financial authority for the mission at present extends to March, 1965. We shall be considering what future arrangements should be made.

A White Paper describing the mission's activities would involve revealing information which must necessarily remain confidential if it is to be of use in combating the Communist insurrection in Viet-Nam.