§ Mr. Bagier
asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations if he will give details of the assurances he has given to the Indian Government in connection with the recent incidents instigated by the Chinese along the Sino-Indian border.
§ Mr. Cledwyn Hughes
We have noted reports of incidents and are watching the situation closely. We deplore any Chinese action which aggravates the difficult situation along the Sino-Indian border and thus prejudices the maintenance of peace and stability in the area. The British Government have on many occasions made it clear that, if India were attacked by a foreign power, they would be ready, at the request of the Government of India, to consult with them about means to help India to resist such aggression. The Prime Minister recently reaffirmed this in his speech at the Guildhall on 15th November.