Oral Answers to Questions — Rhodesia

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th November 1970.

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Photo of Mr John Biggs-Davison Mr John Biggs-Davison , Chigwell 12:00 am, 12th November 1970

asked the Prime Minister what reply he made to the letter from Mr. Odin Langen and other United States Congressmen urging the lifting of sanctions against Rhodesia.

Photo of Mr Reginald Maudling Mr Reginald Maudling , Barnet

I have been asked to reply.

A copy of this correspondence has been placed in the Library of the House.

Photo of Mr John Biggs-Davison Mr John Biggs-Davison , Chigwell

Were not these Congressmen concerned that sanctions have meant Western dependence upon Soviet chrome? Is it not a fact that much of this Soviet chrome originated in Rhodesia?

Photo of Mr Reginald Maudling Mr Reginald Maudling , Barnet

I am aware of the concern of these Congressmen and, as I say, the correspondence has been placed in the Library.

Photo of Mr Denis Healey Mr Denis Healey , Leeds East

Will the Deputy Prime Minister accept that, although we welcome the Government's decision to maintain sanctions before and during possible negotiations with the Smith régime, there is no chance whatever that these negotiations will be successful unless the Government make it clear that, failing success, the sanctions will continue after the negotiations?

Photo of Mr Reginald Maudling Mr Reginald Maudling , Barnet

These issues were dealt with very thoroughly in the recent debate.