§ Mr. Wall
Did not these proposals require to be activated through the Privy Council? Does the Minister appreciate that any question of settlement must be based on the second guarantee? Will he make it clear that an adequate second guarantee which lay within the ambit of Rhodesian sovereignty would be acceptable to Her Majesty's Government?
§ Mr. Foley
I have seen Press reports of the new constitutional proposals. We have not yet received the authoritative details. From what has been published, it is evident that the proposals are wholly inconsistent with the six principles. No constitution that may be introduced in Rhodesia in present circumstances will be legally valid. In view of the clear inconsistency between the new proposals for a constitution and the six principles, it is all the more important to keep our proposals before the people of Rhodesia so that they may realise that there is a more hopeful attitude which may develop in their country.
§ Mr. Thorpe
When the Government receive confirmation of, and have had a chance: to consider in detail, this proposed constitution, may we take it that because they regard it as constituting a rejection of the "Fearless" proposals and the six principles, they will have no alternative but to withdraw those proposals?
§ Mr. William Hamilton
If my hon. Friend says that the new constitutional proposals as published in the Press are against the six principles, and if, as is likely, the new constitution will be accepted by the white minority in Rhodesia, what on earth is the point of leaving the "Fearless" proposals on the table?
§ Mr. Philip Noel-Baker
Will the Government constantly to bear in mind that the whole of experience in Southern Africa has shown that to hand sovereign independence to a small white minority can lead only to disaster?
§ Mr. Judd
Does my hon. Friend agree that there is every reason to believe that the South African Government regard 23 the present illegal régime in Rhodesia as an acute embarrassment and a threat to the long-term security of South Africa? Is not this the right moment to investigate, with the Government of South Africa, at least the possibility of Britain's resuming a direct presence in Rhodesia?