HC Deb 08 April 1965 vol 710 c660
Q2. Mr. Wall

asked the Prime Minister what consultations he has had with the Rhodesian Government subsequent to the Secretary of State's visit to Rhodesia.

Mr. George Brown

My right hon. Friend's communications with the Rhodesian Prime Minister remain confidential.

Mr. Wall

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether the Prime Minister's proposals could lead to a negotiated settlement for independence before there are dangerous pressures built up during the Prime Ministers' Conference?

Mr. Brown

I have absolutely nothing to add to my original reply.

Mr. Sandys

Can the right hon. Gentleman say whether it is proposed to have any further talks, either here or in Salisbury, between the two Governments?

Mr. Brown

I believe that both sides of the House would do much better to leave this matter as I have put it.

Mr. Fisher

What meaning does the right hon. Gentleman attach to the statement by Mr. Ian Smith just after the visit of the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations, in which Mr. Smith said he considered that the ball was now in the British Government's court? Does that imply that there is any further initiative that Her Majesty's Government can take to solve this problem?

Mr. Brown

I would really prefer to leave this as I have put it, for very real and serious reasons.