HC Deb 20 February 1968 vol 759 cc226-7
Q1. Mr. Winnick

asked the Prime Minister what recent consultations he has had with the Prime Minister of South Africa regarding the resolution unanimously adopted by the Security Council of the United Nations on 26th January.

The Prime Minister (Mr. Harold Wilson)

None, Sir.

Mr. Winnick

Can the Prime Minister state what representations have been made about the many South African political prisoners who have been physically tortured, as well as 37 South-West African prisoners? Instead of promising arms, should not the right hon. Gentleman the Member for Kinross and West Perthshire (Sir Alec Douglas-Home) try to visit such prisoners and also the courageous woman under house arrest, Helen Joseph?

The Prime Minister

I must make it clear that I am not responsible for the movements of the right hon. Gentleman while he is abroad.

As to representations to the South African Government, which was the subject of the Security Council resolution, representations have been made, on instructions, by Her Majesty's Ambassador in South Africa.

Mr. Heath

Can the Prime Minister tell the House whom he considers now to be the lawful Government in South-West Africa? Who is responsible for law and order there?

The Prime Minister

I have nothing to add to the statement made by my noble Friend, Lord Caradon, when he voted for this particular motion in the United Nations. The South Africans have responsibility at this time for law and order, but we have voted for the resolution in the United Nations. At the same time, we have said that we do not go along with all parts of it which at the present time assert a United Nations responsibility for law and order there.