§ Mr. Arthur Lewis
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the official statement issued by the Foreign Office regarding approaches made to the illegal Smith régime by an agent of the South African Government on behalf of Her Majesty's Government, was issued with his authority.
§ Sir Alec Douglas-Home
Yes. My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister made it quite clear when answering a supplementary question by the hon. Member for Fife, West (Mr. William Hamilton) on 14th July that there was no truth in reports that Her Majesty's Government had asked the South African Government to act as their intermediary in negotiations with Mr. Smith.—[Vol. 803, c. 1357–8.]