HC Deb 04 December 1967 vol 755 cc216-7W
75. Sir F. Bennett

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what steps were taken by Her Majesty's Government to ensure that the principle of self determination applied in South Arabia before Great Britain relinquished her sovereign responsibilities.

76. Mr. Goodhew

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to what extent evidence and assurances were obtained from the provisional government of South Arabia concerning self-determination before Her Majesty's Government relinquished their sovereignty.

Mr. Goronwy Roberts

Her Majesty did not have any sovereign rights in South Arabia outside Aden. This itself from 1963 had formed part of a Federation in which the United Kingdom latterly had responsibility only for external affairs, defence and the public service. However the available evidence suggests that the National Liberation Front has the support of much the greater part of the population of the new Republic.

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