§ 11. Mr. Aitken
asked the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on his recent meeting with the Deputy Prime Minister of Egypt.
§ Mr. Aitken
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that the Deputy Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister of Egypt came here with a shopping list for £450 million worth of arms which they were successfully able to buy? Surely the right hon. Gentleman, as Secretary of State for Defence, should have seen a successful buyer of £450 million worth of British arms and should not have delegated this responsibility to a Foreign Office Minister, who might not know one end of a missile from another?
§ Mr. Frank Allaun
Let me put a question to the Secretary of State which does concern him. Apart from the obvious danger of pouring more arms into either side in this tinder-box which may start a world war, is he satisfied that we shall be paid for these orders, since Egypt already owes $3 billion to the West for arms supplied to her?
§ Mr. Younger
In courtesy to my hon. Friend the Member for Thanet, East (Mr. Aitken), the right hon. Gentleman owes him an explanation of why he said he was misinformed.