asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he is aware that the new Republican Government of Indonesia has stated its intention to hold early elections to a National Assembly and to encourage the formation of political parties reflecting all shades of democratic opinion; and if His Majesty's Government will now recognise that Government as the Government of Indonesia.
I have seen Press reports in the sense of the first part of the Question. The answer to the second part is in the negative. Such a course would be inconsistent with His Majesty's Government's recognition of Dutch sovereignty over the Netherlands East Indies.
asked the Secretary of State for War' whether he will make a statement as to the conduct of the British and Indian naval, military and aerial Forces in the Dutch East Indies.
Yes, Sir. I am happy to be able to say that there has been no suggestion that the conduct of the British and Indian Forces has been other than exemplary in circumstances which are very trying and demand the utmost restraint.