55. Mr. Smithers
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what treaties or other arrangements exit to enable joint planning of defence to take place between His Majesty's Government and the Portuguese Government.
§ Mr. Ernest Davies
Portugal, as a signatory of the North Atlantic Treaty, fully shares in the joint planning for defence being undertaken by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.
§ Mr. Pickthorn
Can we be told whether the Under-Secretary thinks that the Portuguese Government is democratic?
§ Mr. Davies
—are analogous at the present time. The record of Portugal during the last war, and the fact that we have had an alliance with Portugal for many hundreds of years, make the position very different.