§ Mr. Soames
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the current position on the discussions taking place with the ruler of Brunei and Her Majesty's Government; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Luce
Lord Belstead visited Brunei in April to discuss with the Sultan the detailed arrangements for defence co-operation between ourselves and the Government of Brunei after Brunei resumes full international responsibility as a sovereign and independent state at the end of this year. A wide measure of agreement was reached. Confidential contacts on outstanding issues continue through the diplomatic channel.