HC Deb 03 May 1983 vol 42 c33W
20. Mr. Adley

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will arrange regular meetings with the Defence Ministers of the ASEAN countries.

Mr. Heseltine

No; since the United Kingdom is not a member of ASEAN, and that organisation has no responsibility for defence matters, such meetings would be inappropriate. I shall nevertheless have bilateral discussions with Defence Ministers of individual ASEAN countries whenever suitable opportunities arise.

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