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Volume 893: debated on Monday 16 June 1975

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what evidence he has now received concerning the recruitment of former British Service men to form a mercenary force to carry out a campaign of sabotage and harassment against the Rhodesian Government; and what measures he proposes to take to prevent the use of mercenaries in Rhodesia, in view of the effect such recruitment will have on the prospects for current negotiations.

Inquiries are being made into allegations which have appeared in the Press. I have no definite information yet. The Government would utterly deplore any intervention in Rhodesian affairs by mercenaries on either side.