§ 32. Mr. Newens
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the current purposes of British membership of CENTO.
§ Mr. Hattersley
Her Majesty's Government continue to attach great importance to the independence and territorial integrity of the member States of CENTO. Our support for the work of the alliance contributes to the stability and security of the area and, hence, to the economic progress and development of the peoples there.