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Volume 720: debated on Thursday 18 November 1965

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asked the Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he will make a statement about the future of Diego Garcia.

I would refer the hon. Member to the Answer I gave on 10th November to my hon. Friend the Member for Kingston upon Hull, West (Mr. James Johnson). Diego Garcia is one of the islands in the Chagos Archipelago.

Can the Minister say how the Government's discussions are going on with a view to establishing an Anglo-American base?

In that event, may I be assured that there will be no effect on the sovereignty of the territory?

The question of the defence use to which the island is to be put is a matter which should be referred to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence. There is certainly no question of any derogation from Britain's sovereignty of these territories.