asked the Secretary of State for Trade if he will make a statement on reports under the European code of conduct made by British companies with interests in South Africa in respect of the 12-month period ended 30 June 1981.
The Department had by the end of last month received copies of 190 reports of various types published by companies under the European code of conduct for the last reporting period 1 July 1980 to 30 June 1981. The Department's analysis and summary of those reports and copies of the reports themselves have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses. This material may also be examined at the Department's library, the British embassy, Pretoria, the British consulates-general at Johannesburg and Cape Town and at the British consulate at Durban.I am grateful to companies which have spent time and resources in preparing and publishing these reports. The Government will continue to encourage companies with affiliates in South Africa to follow the code as being in their best interests and in the interests of their African employees.