Malaysia

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons am 12:00 am ar 27 Gorffennaf 1982.

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Photo of Mr Frank Hooley Mr Frank Hooley , Sheffield, Heeley 12:00, 27 Gorffennaf 1982

asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to end the provision of defence training to Malaysia.

Photo of Mr Frank Hooley Mr Frank Hooley , Sheffield, Heeley

I am sorry, Mr. Speaker, that it is necessary to shout in the Chamber, but you can hear the racket being made by hon. Members on the Conservative Benches.

Is the Minister aware that we have military commitments not only to Malaysia, but to about 30 countries around the world? Is he satisfied that we can honour those commitments without becoming involved in a fracas such as occurred in the South Falklands?

Photo of Mr Jerry Wiggin Mr Jerry Wiggin , Weston-Super-Mare

The figure is 80, not 30, and the answer is "Yes".

Photo of Mr Robert Adley Mr Robert Adley , Christchurch and Lymington

Will my hon. Friend be more forthcoming in defence of our relationship with Malaysia? Does he accept that, given the threat posed to the whole region by the Soviet Union and its Vietnamese acolytes, it is essential to do whatever we can to maintain democracies in that region, particularly Malaysia, which have long traditional ties of friendship with Britain?

Photo of Mr Jerry Wiggin Mr Jerry Wiggin , Weston-Super-Mare

Our defence relationship with Malaysia has long been friendly. Naturally, we regret that the Malaysian Government have temporarily made competition more difficult for British firms, but our underlying relationship remains good.

Photo of Mr Chris Price Mr Chris Price , Lewisham West

If we are to maintain defence commitments with countries such as Malaysia, should not the Government speak out against the three executions which are scheduled to take place in Malaysia on Thursday of this week and which cannot be justified in any way?

Photo of Mr Jerry Wiggin Mr Jerry Wiggin , Weston-Super-Mare

As the hon. Gentleman well knows, that is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary.