§ Mr. Dalyell
asked the Minister of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the Secretary of State's visit to the Far East, and his discussions on British military commitment.
§ Mr. Ian Gilmour
My right hon. and noble Friend visited nine capitals in some four weeks. He saw British forces in Gan, Hong Kong and Singapore. He held useful discussions with the Governments of the countries he visited on a wide range of subjects. He reaffirmed Britain's determination to maintain her current commitments in the Far East at their present level so long as the countries concerned want us to remain.