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South Africa

Volume 19: debated on Friday 12 March 1982

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asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he will give as much information as may be readily available stating for the longest period of time the contacts and associations in any form that Her Majesty's Government may have had with the Government of and business and cultural organisations in South Africa.

British commercial links with what is now South Africa date back to the second half of the seventeenth century. The Government's links in the other fields mentioned have continued since British forces occupied the Cape in 1795, apart from the period 1803–1806 when the Cape was in Dutch hands.

asked the Lord Privy Seal whether he will give details of United Kingdom official representation in South Africa; what staffs are employed and at what costs; and how these compare with the three previous years.

We maintain an embassy in Pretoria, consulates-general in Johannesburg and Cape Town and a consulate in Durban.The information on staffing and staff costs is as follows: