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Foreign Affairs

Part of Orders of the Day — Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 31st July 1961.

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Photo of Mr Denis Healey Mr Denis Healey , Leeds East 12:00 am, 31st July 1961

Before the right hon. Gentleman leaves the question of the Consul-General's report, may I ask one or two questions about it? First, was the British delegation, or mission, able to talk to Africans with its own interpreters, and without the presence of Portuguese Government officials? Secondly, was it able to take evidence from the few remaining Baptists and other Protestant missionaries in Angola? Thirdly, what information did the mission collect on the instructions, which the right hon. Gentleman told us in our last debate that he had given, regarding the use by Portuguese forces of British-made arms in Angola? Finally, what evidence did the mission find of the use of forced labour on a large scale by the Portuguese authorities?