HC Deb 03 March 1970 vol 797 cc259-60
Q3. Mr. Biggs-Davison

asked the Prime Minister what communication he has received from President Nixon regarding the effect of sanctions against Rhodesia on United States imports of chrome; and what reply he has sent.

The Prime Minister

None, Sir.

Mr. Biggs-Davison

Has it not been brought to the right hon. Gentleman's attention that the United States does not see why it should go on importing this strategic material either from the U.S.S.R. or from Rhodesia through third countries?

The Prime Minister

The hon. Gentleman may or may not be a spokesman for the United States, but my dealings are with President Nixon. As I said in answer to his Question, President Nixon did not draw this to my attention, whatever the hon. Gentleman wants to do on behalf of President Nixon's country.

Mr. Faulds

Will my right hon. Friend give the Africans of Zimbabwe, for whom he is still responsible, an assurance that Smith and his cronies will be held personally responsible, during the liberation struggle which will continue, until it is successful, for the deaths of any freedom-fighters after capture?

The Prime Minister

I have nothing to add to what my right hon. Friend said on the situation following the purported establishment of a republic in Rhodesia.

Mr. Thorpe

Reverting to the Question, may we hope that the American Government, as a permanent member of the Security Council, will take the view that principles do not decrease in value because they are expensive? Would he agree that, if Lord Salisbury can remove official support from the illegal régime, anybody can?

The Prime Minister

I should be very surprised if the United States Government, as loyal members of the United Nations, flew in the face of a United Nations resolution of this kind. I note what has been said about the noble Lord, Lord Salisbury, but, obviously, his example is not being universally followed in this House, and we are still waiting for a condemnation from the Opposition Front Bench of what has happened. —[Interruption.]

Mr. Dodds-Parker

Question No. 4.

Hon. Members

Wake up.

The Prime Minister

It is not this Front Bench who need to be woken up. I would say to hon. Gentlemen—

Mr. Faulds

A disgraceful performance by the Leader of the Opposition. He has not got the guts of Salisbury. And that is not saying much.

Mr. Speaker

Order. The hon. Member for Smethwick (Mr. Faulds) must not advertise the fact every time that he is here.

Mr. Roebuck

On a point of order. With respect, Mr. Speaker, my hon. Friend was trying to advertise the fact that the Leader of the Opposition is here, and that he is failing in his duty.