HC Deb 09 April 1976 vol 909 cc340-1W
Mr. Brocklebank-Fowler

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to assure the white minority in Rhodesia that, if they accept the principle of majority rule as set out in his recent statement, Her Majesty's Government, in conjunction with other European and Commonwealth Governments, will do all they can during the period of transfer of power to secure concrete safeguards for the white minority who wish to remain in an independent Zimbabwe under majority rule.

Mr. Rowlands

The hon. Member will recall that my right hon. Friend, in his statement in the House on 22nd March, stressed the need to ensure that a settlement provided a background in which both communities could live and work together in an independent Rhodesia. He added that Her Majesty's Government would be willing to consider financial and other means to assist this end. I cannot at this stage elaborate further.