Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19 December 1973.

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Photo of Mr David Knox Mr David Knox , Leek 12:00, 19 December 1973

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement about relations between Great Britain and Rhodesia.

Photo of Lord  Balniel Lord Balniel , Hertford

I have nothing to add to the reply I gave the House on 28th November.—[Vol. 865, c. 141.]

Photo of Mr David Knox Mr David Knox , Leek

Will my right hon. Friend consider putting further pressure on the Smith régime to release the interned African leaders in Southern Rhodesia? Does he not think that that is a prerequisite if a satisfactory settlement is eventually to be reached?

Photo of Lord  Balniel Lord Balniel , Hertford

We have always argued to the Smith régime that it is advisable that it should talk with people in Rhodesia and not detain them.

Photo of Mr Ivor Richard Mr Ivor Richard , Barons Court

The right hon. Gentleman and the House will have noted the action taken yesterday by the United States Senate in relation to the Byrd amendment. Will the right hon. Gentleman say a kind word in favour of the United States administration? Does not the action that has now been taken in the United States in reversing its previous policy on imports of chrome re-emphasise the need not merely to continue with the policy of sanctions but, if possible, to intensify it?

Photo of Lord  Balniel Lord Balniel , Hertford

I echo the hon. and learned Gentleman's words. Our purpose is to ensure that sanctions are fully implemented.

Photo of Mr Harold Soref Mr Harold Soref , Ormskirk

Is it not a fact that those who are interned in Rhodesia are not seeking a settlement but are seeking to have armed revolution in that country and to exterminate the white population?

Photo of Lord  Balniel Lord Balniel , Hertford

That must be a matter of judgment. As I have said, our belief is that Rhodesia will not be able to evolve to legal independence unless she can reach agreement between the various communities living there.