Rhodesia (Public Order)

Oral Answers to Questions — Ministry of Defence – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th April 1967.

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Photo of Mr Frank Judd Mr Frank Judd , Portsmouth West 12:00 am, 12th April 1967

asked the Secretary of State for Defence whether he has prepared contingency plans for the restoration of public order in Rhodesia following any breakdown of law and order there as the result of mandatory sanctions.

Photo of Mr Denis Healey Mr Denis Healey , Leeds East

As I informed the hon. Member on 30th November, 1966, it is not the practice to reveal information about military contingency planning.—[Vol. 737, c. 111–2.]

Photo of Mr Frank Judd Mr Frank Judd , Portsmouth West

Surely my right hon. Friend will agree that if we are serious in our policy of economic sanctions, one of the instances which we must have foreseen is the breakdown of law and order, and we must, therefore, be planning for action if that should occur.

Photo of Mr Denis Healey Mr Denis Healey , Leeds East

I am not in a position to prevent my hon. Friend from speculating, but I stick to what I said in answer to the Question.