HC Deb 09 August 1966 vol 733 cc312-3W
Q11. Mr. Peter M. Jackson

asked the Prime Minister whether, following the resumption of talks with representatives of the Smith régime, he has sought to conduct talks with leaders of the African people.

Q13. Mr. Alexander W. Lyon

asked the Prime Minister whether Her Majesty's Government will give an undertaking to abide by the decision at the forthcoming Commonwealth leaders' conference on the Rhodesian issue.

Q14. Mr. R. C. Mitchell

asked the Prime Minister at what stage Her Majesty's Government will consult the leaders of the African people both in Rhodesia and elsewhere about the outcome of the recent talks with the illegal Smith régime.

Q15. Mr. Judd

asked the Prime Minister if he will give details of Her Majesty's Government's policy regarding the principle that any solution to the Rhodesian problem must be acceptable to the people of Rhodesia as a whole; and what steps Her Majesty's Government will take to enable the majority to be judged.

Q22. Mr. James Johnson

asked the Prime Minister if he will make a statement about the resumption of talks between British and Rhodesian officials; and whether any timetable for this has been arranged in view of the approaching Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference in London during early September.

The Prime Minister

I would refer hon. Members to the Statement I made in the House on 8th August and to the Answers I. gave to Supplementary Questions arising from it.

Q19. Mr. Boston

asked the Prime Minister what consideration he has now given to the proposal that a representative mission of senior backbench Members of Parliament, preferably Privy Councillors, should visit Rhodesia.

The Prime Minister

I do not think it would be appropriate to pursue this proposal at present.

Q21. Mr. Bryant Godman Irvine

asked the Prime Minister what is the total monthly cost to the revenue of the policy of the Government towards Rhodesia.

The Prime Minister

The total cost to the Exchequer amounted by mid-July to somewhat more than £9¼ million. Some of the costs vary from month to month, others have ceased, and it is therefore not possible to give a meaningful monthly figure.

Q29. Mr. Ian Lloyd

asked the Prime Minister what measures he proposes to coordinate Board of Trade and Treasury policy on special arrangements made for exports to Rhodesia.

The Prime Minister

Their policies are already fully co-ordinated, Sir, but if the hon. Member has any particular point in mind perhaps he would let me know of it.