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Rhodesia (Oil Supplies)

Volume 975: debated on Monday 3 December 1979

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asked the Lord Privy Seal whether the assurances given to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office by Shell and British Petroleum Limited that no company in the Shell or British Petroleum Group should be involved in the supply of oil to Rhodesia, whether direct, indirect or by participation in marketing arrangements related to the supply of oil by others to Rhodesia, still continue to be valid.

The British oil companies gave assurances to the previous Government that neither they nor their South African subsidiaries are or would in future be involved in supply to Rhodesia, either directly or indirectly or by participation in marketing arrangements related to the supply of oil by others to Rhodesia. The oil companies have recently told us that these assurances, and the procedures for monitoring their validity, remain fully in force.