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The background to the Suez crisis as it affects Britain. Oil and the Middle East. Four urgent problems with regard to the Middle East: Clearing the Canal; Permanent arrangements for the Canal; Israel-Arab tension; General security in the area, with a discussion of each. Other subjects are discussed under the following headings: United Kingdom Economic Position; United Kingdom Defence Policy; Atomic Energy for Industrial Purposes; Free Trade Area with Europe; The Commonwealth; The Atlantic Alliance.