§ Mr. Emrys Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what were the costs of the British Advisory Police Mission in South Vietnam in 1968; how many men were employed there; what was their pay; how much was received by the mission from the American command; and if he will take steps to reduce the expenditure there in 1969.
§ Mr. Foley
The total cost of the Mission to Her Majesty's Government in 1968 was £51,865. Nine Police Advisers were employed; their pay and allowances amounted to £49,223. Members of the Mission received a further allowance totalling £21,944 from the United States Agency for International Development in Vietnam. The British Mission is an important, and I believe much appreciated, part of Her Majesty's Government's civilian aid to South Vietnam.
We have no plans to reduce expenditure on the Mission in 1969 providing that the South Vietnamese Government wish to continue to receive its services.