§ 73. Mr. Biggs-Davison
asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs what is the purpose, and cost to date, of impounding the Rhodesian passports 55W of Rhodesians who wish to retain them and of issuing other travel documents to such Rhodesians.
§ Mr. Bowden
Documents purporting to be passports issued by the illegal régime are not recognised by Her Majesty's. Government, nor by most other countries. Rhodesian passports issued before I.D.I. become invalid if renewed by the illegal régime. These documents are impounded and can be replaced by British passports. My predecessor dealt with the question of passport facilities for known active supporters of the illegal régime in his statement to the House on 25th January last.
The cost of impounding these passports is negligible. The usual fees are charged for replacement.