HC Deb 03 May 1972 vol 836 cc158-9W
Mr. Judd

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will make a statement on the circumstances in which a letter was sent from his Department at Princeton House, 271 High Holborn, London, W.C.1, reference M 267147, on 12th April 1972, suggesting that Mr. Godfrey Mkushi in Rhodesia, a student wishing to study engineering at Hull University, should apply for an entry certificate to the British High Commission in Salisbury; and whether he will also make a statement on the sentence in the same letter to the effect that Rhodesian passports are now acceptable to the British Government.

Mr. Lane:

I regret the errors in this letter. I have taken steps which I hope will avoid their repetition. The advice that should have been given was that an application for an entry certificate by someone in Rhodesia should be made to the consular section of the British Embassy in Pretoria, and that the embassy would provide United Kingdom passport facilities if an entry certificate was granted. Her Majesty's Government have never recognised travel documents issued by the illegal régime in Rhodesia, and do not now do so.