HC Deb 06 August 1976 vol 916 cc1078-9W
Mr. John H. Osborn

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether it is his intention to discourage or stop the sale of telecommunications security and secret service equipment to Uganda now that there has been a severance of diplomatic relations; and whether, in view of the necessity of finding good trading partners to purchase British exports, he will encourage trade with South Africa and review the situation with Rhodesia.

Mr. Rowlands

When diplomatic relations were severed with Uganda it was not Her Majesty's Government's intention to sever trade relations. British companies wishing to export to Uganda are free to do so, subject to the need for export licences where these are required.

The British Overseas Trade Board already encourages British firms trading in the civil field to exploit export opportunities in South Africa.

Trade with Rhodesia, except in certain goods permitted on humanitarian grounds, is prohibited by the United Nations sanctions.

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