§ 85. Mr. Driberg
asked the Minister of State for Defence if he will make a statement on recent developments in the discussions between Her Majesty's Government and the Government of Malta.
§ Lord Balniel
Talks at official level have been taking place in London over the weekend for the purpose of preparing the detailed texts that would be involved in a new Defence Agreement, if one were to be signed. The Maltese Government have not yet confirmed, however, that they are prepared to conclude a new Agreement on the basis of the terms which have been offered by Britain and N.A.T.O.