HC Deb 01 February 1966 vol 723 c194W
65. Sir J. Lucas

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what sanctions have been taken by Zambia against Great Britain in such ways as the cancellation of Commonwealth preferences and by stopping Great Britain's entitlement to most favoured nation privileges; and what representations he has made or is making on this matter.

Mr. Bottomley

I would refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Blackpool. South (Mr. Blaker) on this subject on 25th January, to which I have nothing to add.

Mr. Edward M. Taylor

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what discussions he has had with the Zambian Government regarding the possible movement of British ground troops to Zambia; and what decisions have been made in this matter.

Mr. Bottomley

Following discussions with the President of Zambia when I visited Lusaka at the end of November, in addition to a Squadron of the R.A.F., a detachment of the R.A.F. Regiment is now stationed in Zambia. A Military Mission led by the G.O.C. Middle East visited Zambia from 19th to 25th January to discuss with the Government of Zambia future arrangements for British forces in Zambia. I cannot at this stage say anything about the outcome of these discussions.