HC Deb 26 June 1974 vol 875 cc445-6W
Mr. David Steel

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will now make a statement on his policy towards providing assistance for white people who do not want to live in Rhodesia under majority rule.

Miss Joan Lestor

We are aware of similar suggestions in the past but we believe that the first priority is for the races in Rhodesia to reach an agreement between themselves which would have the support of the African majority. We would be ready to consider a scheme of this sort if it became clear that it would contribute significantly to a satisfactory settlement.

16. Mr. Whitehead

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Common wealth Affairs when he next expects to meet representatives of the African community in Rhodesia.

Miss Joan Lestor

ANC representatives have been in touch with us about the possibility of a delegation visiting Britain.

20. Mr. Wrigglesworth

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he will now take steps to strengthen the application of existing sanctions against the illegal Rhodesian régime and to extend them into new spheres.

Mr. Ennals

We are continuing to examine ways in which sanctions might be made more effective. In the first half of this year we have more than doubled our rate of reporting suspected sanctions breaches to the United Nations Sanctions Committee. My right hon. Friend has also raised the issue with the other Foreign Ministers of the EEC member States.