§ 102. Mr. Warbey
asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether, when Her Majesty's Government agreed to assist with the construction of military air fields and strips in Thailand, guarantees were obtained that these installations would not be used other than for individual or collective self-defence against armed attack on that country, in accordance with Article 51 of the United Nations Charter.
§ Mr. Healey
Her Majesty's Government have not agreed to assist with the construction of military airfields and strips in Thailand. We are building one airfield in Thailand, as a gift to that country. There are no strings attached to the gift, and the Government of Thailand will be free to use the airfield for military or civil purposes as they require.