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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 Mr Jeff Rooker Mr Jeff Rooker , Birmingham, Perry Barr 12:00 am, 19th December 1979

Does the Attorney-General appreciate that the only reason given to the House for non-publication of the third appendix was that criminal charges may follow? It is not good enough now, after his decision and that of the DPP, announced today, to say that publication of that third appendix is a matter for the Foreign Office. It should come automatically.

Will the right hon. and learned Gentleman confirm that following his statement it is abundantly clear that the instructions given to the DPP by my right hon. Friend the then Foreign Secretary about the matters referred in the preface to the Bingham report regarding Castrol Limited were never followed through and that, therefore, those instructions were totally ignored by the civil servants?