HC Deb 15 February 1966 vol 724 c209W
Mr. Alldritt

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations what is the policy of Her Majesty's Government towards the transactions of the Rhodesian Parliament.

Mr. Bottomley

We do not, of course, accept the so-called Parliament which was purported to be established by the Constitution promulgated by the illegal régime in Rhodesia has any legal status. The Legislative Assembly of Southern Rhodesia which was established under the 1961 Constitution is still lawfully in being, but under Section 3 (1) of the Southern Rhodesia Constitution Order 1965 it is prohibited from making any laws or transacting any other business. Accordingly, whether the body now sitting in Salisbury is looked at as the Parliament under the rebel Constitution or as the Legislative Assembly under the valid 1961 Constitution, its transactions have no legal effect.

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