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South-East Asia (Defence Consultations)

Volume 480: debated on Wednesday 15 November 1950

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs if he will suggest special consultations with the French Government with regard to common action in the defence of South-East Asia, in view of the deteriorating situation in Indo-China and its threat to Siam and Malaya.

I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. and gallant Member for Macclesfield (Air Commodore Harvey) on 6th November. I would add that as there is continual consultation with Commonwealth and other interested Governments regarding the situation in South-East Asia and the Far East, I do not consider that further special consultations of the kind suggested are necessary.