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Rhodesia (Bingham Report)

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 19th December 1979.

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Photo of Dr Jeremy Bray Dr Jeremy Bray , Motherwell and Wishaw 12:00 am, 19th December 1979

In considering the need for further inquiry, will the Attorney-General and his right hon. Friends bear in mind the need to give civil servants and retired civil servants, who are named in the Bingham report and in the subsequent debate, an opportunity to clarify their own roles in the breach of sanctions? Is the right hon. and learned Gentleman aware, in particular, of the statement that I made in the debate that Mr. Angus Beckett, under-secretary of the petroleum division at the time of the breach of sanctions, was offered jobs by major oil companies on his retirement, that he was refused permission to accept them by the head of the Civil Service and that he subsequently accepted appointment to a consulting firm employed by those major oil companies from which he now enjoys a very large income? Is that an appropriate state of affairs that should be allowed to continue without explanation?