Mr. Winston Field (Talks)

Oral Answers to Questions — Southern Rhodesia – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 30th January 1964.

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Photo of Mr Fenner Brockway Mr Fenner Brockway , Eton and Slough 12:00 am, 30th January 1964

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what decisions were reached in the official discussions with Mr. Winston Field, Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia, regarding the future of that territory.

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Wandsworth Streatham

My talks with Mr. Winston Field were confidential.

Photo of Mr Fenner Brockway Mr Fenner Brockway , Eton and Slough

I appreciate that, but is it not desirable that as a result of these discussions the Government should now declare their intention in relation to Southern Rhodesia? Is there not great danger in allowing the situation to drift on? Is it not important that we should make clear that sovereignty for Southern Rhodesia will not be recognised until a majority of the population has the right to control the Parliament and the Government?

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Wandsworth Streatham

I will make a statement when I have something more to say.

Photo of Sir Harwood Harrison Sir Harwood Harrison , Eye

Is my right hon. Friend aware that the Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia is held in great regard by many people in that country for his common sense and sagacity? Will my right hon. Friend do everything he can to help him in this difficult matter?

Photo of Mr Duncan Sandys Mr Duncan Sandys , Wandsworth Streatham

As I have said, I have been having talks with the Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia. This is obviously a most difficult and delicate subject, and I think that until any conclusion is reached it is better that I should not make partial statements about these matters.

Photo of Mr Arthur Bottomley Mr Arthur Bottomley , Middlesbrough East

Can the Secretary of State give an assurance that, as the result of these discussions, no departure has been made from Government policy already stated in the House?