HL Deb 21 April 1970
My Lords, I beg leave to ask the Question which stands in my name on the Order Paper.
[The Question was as follows: To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an agreement exists between this country and the Republic of Guyana in respect of British troops or police being provided for keeping the peace in Guyana, including the cost of this.]
My Lords, no.
My Lords, while thanking my noble friend for that abbreviated reply, may I ask him whether he can amplify it a little and indicate to which portion of my Question his negative refers?
My Lords, I have answered the question accurately. I am asked what agreement exists between this country and the Republic of Guyana in respect of the provision of British troops or police for keeping the peace in Guyana; the answer is no, there is no such agreement.
My Lords, I thank my noble friend.
My Lords, have external claims on Guyana been modified recently? If not, is there any agreement about British troops going to the assistance of Guyana in those cases?
My Lords, I should have thought that that was entirely another question. In regard to the question of the use of British troops, I have already given the answer.
My Lords, if the British troops have been withdrawn, can my noble friend say when the withdrawal took place?
My Lords, there are no British troops in Guyana. I believe that the training team that was there was withdrawn in the summer of 1968, and the one officer who had been on loan to the Government of Guyana was withdrawn in March, 1969.
My Lords, are there any Venezuelan troops in the disputed territory?
My Lords, not that I am aware of.