HC Deb 13 November 1967 vol 754 cc31-2
38. Sir G. de Freitas

asked the Attorney-General whether he will instruct the Director of Public Prosecutions to take proceedings against the directors of Stewarts and Lloyds, Corby, Northants, for giving aid to the illegal régime in Rhodesia by allowing an employee to work on behalf of that régime as a recruiting agent for staff.

39. Mr. Pavitt

asked the Attorney-General if he will take proceedings against Mr. R. L. Webster for giving aid to the illegal régime in Rhodesia by seeking to recruit senior executives to help Rhodesian industry and using the offices of Stewarts and Lloyds, Corby, for this purpose; and how many other cases of similar action have been brought to his notice.

The Solicitor-General

My right hon. and learned Friend has no evidence that any criminal offence has been committed in respect of the incident referred to in these Questions. He will give careful consideration to any such evidence which is submitted to him. No similar cases have been brought to the attention of my right hon. and learned Friend.

Sir G. de Freitas

While I do not in any way challenge that interpretation, would my hon. and learned Friend remind my right hon. Friend the Minister of Power that, while the directors have been recruiting for the Smith régime, they have also been sacking my constituents without allowing their trade union representatives to speak up for them before the management?

The Solicitor-General

My right hon. Friend will appreciate that it is not for me to deal with the matter arising in his constituency to which he refers.

Sir Knox Cunningham

Would the hon. and learned Gentleman confirm that there is nothing to prevent any citizen from going to Rhodesia, as, indeed, did the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs? [HON. MEMBERS: "Answer."]

Mr. Frederic Harris

Is it not appalling that an hon. Member should put down a Question in this form, in effect, finding people guilty before they are even given a trial?

Sir G. de Freitas

On a point of order. It is a perfectly legitimate way, and the only way, to bring the matter to the attention of one of the Law Officers.

Mr. Speaker

These are points of argument rather than order.

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