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

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Photo of Mr Reginald Maudling Mr Reginald Maudling , Barnet Chipping Barnet 12:00 am, 14th December 1976

Is the Foreign Secretary aware that his representatives made an error in concentrating on the date for independence because it is unwise to try to set a date for getting somewhere before we have the faintest idea about what route we should follow? Will the Foreign Secretary now concentrate on the fundamental problem and try to give to the European population in Rhodesia some assurance that an independent constitution with guaranteed individual rights will not be torn up within six months by some Rhodesian Amin?