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Wednesday, 4 August 1954

Dr EVATT - When the Minister tells the House that he was kept informed, does he mean that he was kept informed after the decision was made.? If he was kept informed before the decision was made, did he give any opinion, or did the Government give any opinion, to the British Government, as was suggested in the House of Commons, before the British Government made its final decision?

Mr CASEY - According to my memory; we have been kept advised in the course of the last two years, and possibly longer than that period, by the United Kingdom Government direct', and, as I stated in reply to the honorable member for Angas, by our own post in Cairo, about all the proposals before they became actualities. We have had' the opportunity constantly in recent years to make any proposals to the United Kingdom Government that we have had in mind. We have expressed our view to the United Kingdom Government on many occasions in the last few years about the question that has recently resolved itself into- the- agreement which has become public knowledge in the last month about the Suez Canal installations.

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