HC Deb 01 December 1964 vol 703 cc208-9
8. Mr. Dempsey

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what progress has been made in solving the constitutional questions of Rhodesia.

Mr. Bottomley

We are still seeking, as the first step, to arrange for constructive talks with the Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia.

Mr. Dempsey

Will my right hon. Friend proceed in this matter a little more speedily because of the growing apprehension in Rhodesia about the uncertain future, and will he see to it that the spokesmen for Rhodesians in general, in spite of restrictions imposed upon them, will be allowed fully to ventilate their attitude towards the problem?

Mr. Bottomley

At the moment, we are hopeful that the Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia will accept the invitation of my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to come to this country.