Rhodesia

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 17th January 1979.

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Photo of Andrew MacKay Andrew MacKay , Birmingham Stechford 12:00 am, 17th January 1979

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Rhodesia.

Photo of Mr Andrew Bennett Mr Andrew Bennett , Stockport North

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Rhodesia.

Photo of Mr Norman Tebbit Mr Norman Tebbit , Waltham Forest Chingford

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he remains satisfied with the progress of negotiations towards a settlement in Rhodesia.

Photo of Mr Toby Jessel Mr Toby Jessel , Twickenham

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Rhodesia.

Photo of Mr Charles Morrison Mr Charles Morrison , Devizes

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will make a further statement about the Rhodesian situation.

Photo of Dr David Owen Dr David Owen , Plymouth, Devonport

The situation in Rhodesia is deteriorating. The number of people who have lost their lives since the internal settlement was signed increases monthly, as does the number of people emigrating. There has been an escalation of the fighting and martial law now covers 90 per cent, of the country.

My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister hopes to make a statement on the mission of my right hon. Friend the Member for Anglesey (Mr. Hughes) at the end of Question Time.

Several Hon. Members rose

Photo of Mr George Thomas Mr George Thomas , Cardiff West

Order. In view of the Foreign Secretary's reply, I wonder whether it would help hon. Members if I said that instead of calling them now I shall call them when the statement has been made by the Prime Minister. That might make greater sense. I should point out that I shall not call later those hon. Members whom I call now.

Photo of Mr Robert Hughes Mr Robert Hughes , Aberdeen North

Has my right hon. Friend seen a report in the South African Financial Mail to the effect that Britain is said to have been prepared to guarantee oil supplies to South Africa in return for South Africa's co-operation in dealing with Rhodesia? Bearing in mind my right hon. Friend's oft-repeated statement that in our dealings with South Africa there would be no trade-off agreements, may I ask him emphatically to deny that report?

Photo of Dr David Owen Dr David Owen , Plymouth, Devonport

There is no question of Britain supplying oil to South Africa. As for a trade-off, I have always believed that the issues of Namibia, Rhodesia and South Africa will have to be dealt with in different compartments. There is a certain linkage—it would be foolish to deny that—but I do not believe that we should trade off one against the other.