HC Deb 28 February 1966 vol 725 cc223-4W
Mr. Wyatt

asked the Under-Secretary of State for the Colonies if she will specify the nature of the treaties and understandings under which an obligation exists to protect the Federation of South Arabia, as referred to in Chapter 11, Paragraph 3, of Part II of the Statement on the Defence Estimates.

Mrs. White

The only obligation to protect the Federation is that contained in the Treaty of Friendship and Protection between the United Kingdom and the Federation of South Arabia concluded on 11th February, 1959 (Cmnd. 2451). There are also older Protectorate Treaties with all save two of the individual States, which are still in force, but only to the extent that they are not inconsistent with the 1959 Treaty. All these Treaties will come to an end at independence.