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

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Photo of Mrs Judith Hart Mrs Judith Hart , Lanark 12:00 am, 14th December 1976

Will my right hon. Friend accept that the view of many of us is that the conduct in the negotiations by the British delegation has been extremely well carried out under difficult circumstances and that Mr. Richard, in particular, has been doing an excellent job? Will my right hon. Friend assure the House that in the negotiations that will ensue after the recess the British interpretation of majority rule means only one thing—one man, one vote? Would my right hon. Friend also assure the House that with regard to a British presence in Rhodesia, the key elements to which so many attach importance is that responsibility for defence and law and order should be in neutral hands?