Central Africa

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 21st May 1963.

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Photo of Mr Victor Goodhew Mr Victor Goodhew , St Albans 12:00 am, 21st May 1963

Is the First Secretary not aware that Southern Rhodesia would have been independent long ago had she not been asked to form part of the Federation by the British Government? Does my right hon. Friend not think that it would be only right to acknowledge her right to independence once the Federation ceases to exist by the secession of one of the territories, as he has already granted the right of secession to the other two territories as a condition for their appearing at a future conference to talk about the association of the three territories?