HC Deb 23 June 1967 vol 748 c360W
Mr. Faulds

asked the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Affairs if Her Majesty's Government are aware of the visit of Oldham Athletic football team to Southern Rhodesia; and why he allowed this tour.

Mr. George Thomas

Her Majesty's Government are aware of this visit. We deplore organised tours of this kind while the state of illegality exists in Rhodesia, and we made our views clear to the Oldham Athletic Football Club before the team left. We have no powers, however, to prevent private citizens from going to Rhodesia.