HC Deb 26 November 1968 vol 774 cc92-3W
Mr. Clark Hutchison

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what arrangements have been finally concluded concerning the future payment for and operation and control of the Red Sea lights.

Mr. Goronwy Roberts

As the hon. Gentleman was informed on 27th April, 1967, and 22nd November, 1967, those lights in the Red Sea, which are the subject of the International Agreement published as Cmnd. No. 3191 of 1967, are managed by Her Majesty's Government with certain other Governments contributing to the cost.

Following the constitutional developments in Aden, Her Majesty's Government transferred the local administration of the lights in Aden to Massawa, having made an arrangement with an Ethiopian commercial company in accordance with Article 2 of the Agreement. Her Majesty's Government intend to conclude a formal contract with that Company.

The Governments party to the Agreement have bee? notified of the change.—[Vol. 745, c. 332; Vol. 754, c. 381–2.]