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Volume 644: debated on Wednesday 12 July 1961

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asked the Lord Privy Seal what is the nature of the instructions which he has recently given to the United Kingdom Ambassador in Leopoldville about making inquiries among the refugees from Angola in the Congo regarding conditions and events in Angola.

Instructions issued to Her Majesty's representatives abroad about matters of this kind are necessarily confidential. I am accordingly unable to give details of any which may have been given to Her Majesty's Ambassador in Leopoldville.

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will give details of the representations which he made recently to the Government of Portugal to allow the representatives of British newspapers to visit Angola with freedom to acquire in- formation from all quarters.

Her Majesty's Ambassador at Lisbon on 23rd June discussed with the Portuguese Government the advantages of allowing newspaper correspondents to visit Angola. As the conversation was confidential I am unable to give details.