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Volume 722: debated on Tuesday 14 December 1965

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asked the Prime Minister what further plans he has to assist those Rhodesians supporting the constitutional authorities in that country.

If my hon. Friend is referring to financial assistance to loyal public servants in Rhodesia, I hope that an announcement can be made very soon.


asked the Prime Minister, what plans Her Majesty's Government have to compensate British subjects resident in the United Kingdom for losses sustained as a direct consequence of the imposition of economic sanctions on Southern Rhodesia.


asked the Prime Minister whether he will make a statement on his conversation with Mr. Garfield Todd while in Rhodesia.


asked the Prime Minister whether he will publish a record of his conversations in Rhodesia with political leaders other than those belonging to the Rhodesia Front.


asked the Prime Minister if he will either publish in full, of make available in the Library, the text of his official talks with Mr. Garfield Todd and Mr. Nkomo during his visit to Rhodesia in October.


asked the Prime Minister whether Mr. Garfield Todd, Mr. Joshua Nkomo, and other loyal Rhodesians are still detained, and by what authority; what reports he has received on the state of Mr. Nkomo's health; and if he will make a statement.

Yes. Some are restricted and some are detained under the Law and Order (Maintenance) Act, 1960, as amended, and the Emergency (Maintenance of Law and Order) Regulations, 1965. I have no firm information about the state of Mr. Nkomo's health.


asked the Prime Minister what response he has made to the demand by African leaders that the illegal régime in Rhodesia be removed by 15th December; and what progress has now been made to that end.


asked the Prime Minister what action is being taken by Her Majesty's Government following the demand of the African leaders that the illegal regime in Rhodesia should be replaced by 15th December.

None. We are already pursuing our political and eco- nomic measures with the utmost vigour but the setting of an artificial target date is unrealistic.


asked the Prime Minister what is the policy of Her Majesty's Government with regard to the reopening of negotiations with Mr. Smith concerning the future of Rhodesia.

I would refer the hon. Member to the statement I made in this House on 10th December.


asked the Prime Minister if he will now publish the full text of the letter written to Mr. Mutasa of Rhodesia, so that it may be annexed to the Command Paper relating to negotiations with the Rhodesian Government.


asked the Prime Minister what estimates were given him by Mr. Smith and by other Rhodesian Government spokesmen before the declaration of independence of the time to be taken before majority rule could be established in Rhodesia under the 1961 Constitution; and to what extent he has accepted these estimates as being correct.

Several estimates were put forward varying from 5 to 50 years. Mr. Smith referred to 15 to 50 years, but expressed the view that it was impossible to predict the period with any certainty. No estimate is valid, because the 1961 Constitution does not in itself guarantee unimpeded progress to majority rule.Mr. Smith's declared intention to abolish B roll seats would have further delayed majority rule.


asked the Prime Minister what further steps he proposes to take to establish contact with people representing various shades of opinion in Rhodesia.


asked the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the response so far received by Her Majesty's Government from individual countries to the question of enforcing an embargo on oil supplies to Southern Rhodesia.

No. Consultations with other countries on this question are not yet complete and must, therefore, remain confidential for the time being.