HC Deb 25 June 1976 vol 913 c655W
Mr. Frank Allaun

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, following the decision by NATO to sever military links with South Africa, what is the full extent of links between South Africa and Great Britain; and if he will now terminate them all.

Mr. Rowlands

It is not possible to list the full range of contacts, which are chiefly in the field of civil trade, between Britain and South Africa. The Government have consistently expressed their total opposition to apartheid. We reimposed the United Nations embargo on arms supplies to South Africa and terminated the Simonstown Agreements on naval co-operation. But it is no part of our policy to terminate all contacts with South Africa. Quite apart from the damage that would do in other quarters, it would not assist those who most need our help.