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South Africa

Volume 986: debated on Monday 16 June 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will take action to ensure that British firms operating in South Africa pay all their African employees at least above the poverty datum line.

Much as I deplore the injustices of apartheid, I share the view of the previous Government that a voluntary procedure is the most appropriate method of reminding British firms of their obligations. I am not prepared to take compulsory powers.

asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will now remove South Africa from the Customs and Excise Office's "C" list.