As my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs told the hon. Member for Cardigan (Mr. Elystan Morgan) on 27th January, I should prefer to say nothing which might reveal the extent of our knowledge of the régime's complicated and expensive methods of procurement.—[Vol. 739, c. 389.]
Will my hon. Friend not agree that this wilful sabotage of internationally agreed action to secure an acceptable solution of the Rhodesia problem is intolerable, and does he realise that he will receive the warm support of this side of the House for any action he regards as necessary to bring effective pressure to bear on the Portuguese Government?
I understand my hon. Friend's views, and, of course, they are very much in line with our own, but I think I ought to make it clear that it is for the Security Council itself to decide whether any particular State has failed to meet its obligations in accordance with Article 25 of the United Nations Charter.
Will the hon. Gentleman not agree that in view of the fact that many of our trading partners, like the United States, are now clearly disregarding sanctions, it is quite improper to single out one?
We have made clear our position about this. We are continuing to work through the United Nations, as I have said, under Article 25, which is for special circumstances, and, of course, we are in close touch with friendly Governments with whom we have other working arrangements.