Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th December 1976.

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Photo of Mr Bruce Grocott Mr Bruce Grocott , Lichfield and Tamworth 12:00 am, 14th December 1976

Would my right hon. Friend agree that the only way in which the vacuum between white rule and majority rule in Rhodesia can be filled in the intervening period is by the willingness of some outside agency to play a positive role? The only conceivable organisation for doing this is the British Government. Would my right hon. Friend confirm that the opponent of the British Government playing a more positive rôle has been Smith and not the black African leaders? Will my right hon Friend agree to follow up his statement and to make a more positive contribution in the future?