HC Deb 27 May 1965 vol 713 cc121-2W
45. Mr. Emrys Hughes

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what were the duties of Mr. R. C. K. Thompson in South Vietnam; when he was sent there; what were the total salary and expenses paid to him during his stay in South Vietnam; and whether the sums paid are recoverable from the South Vietnamese or United States Governments.

Mr. George Thomson

Mr. Thompson was the Head of the British Advisory Mission in Vietnam whose task was to advise the South Vietnamese Government on the administrative and police aspects of counter-insurgency. He was appointed to this post on 10th September, 1961, and left Vietnam, on retirement, on 4th March, 1965. During his period of service in Vietnam he received £20,219 in salary and allowances, and travel expenses of about £2,350, making a total of £22,569. These sums are not recoverable from either the South Vietnamese or the United States Governments. The South Vietnamese Government has con- tributed to the cost of the Advisory Mission by providing administrative services within Vietnam including office personnel accommodation, transport, other items. The precise amount of this contribution is not known.

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