§ 51. Mr. Stonehouse
asked the Minister of State for Commonwealth Relations how many interviews, of what duration, and over what period, were held by the Secretary of State with the Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia and representatives of the National Democratic Party, respectively; and with what purpose, and result.
§ Mr. Alport
My noble Friend had a number of meetings with the Prime Minister of Southern Rhodesia over the period 25th April to 2nd May, inclusive. It would be contrary to the normal practice of Commonwealth consultation to give the details requested by the hon. Member. On 28th April, my noble Friend received a deputation from the National Democratic Party of Southern Rhodesia. For the purpose and result of these meetings, I would refer the hon. Member to the statement that I made on 9th May and to my answer to the right hon. Member for West Bromwich (Mr. Dugdale) on 5th May.