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Aden Protectorates Federation

Volume 640: debated on Thursday 11 May 1961

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies what further developments have taken place recently in respect of the Aden Protectorates Federation.

During my visit to Aden I was able to hear from the Federal Ministers themselves about the progress which is being made. The Federal Government have now moved into the new buildings at the Federal capital. An economic survey to provide a basis for development planning is in progress. A Federal Public Works organisation is being formed. I was impressed by the evidence of growing authority which the Federal Government is showing.

May I ask the right hon. Gentleman whether he also found among the people themselves an increasing understanding of the value of federation and, therefore, a readiness to support it?

Yes, I think that is so. It would be difficult in such a brief visit to get a comprehensive picture, but I got the impression that the Federation, which now includes all the important States of the Western Aden Protectorate, was doing very well.