HC Deb 10 November 1976 vol 919 cc174-5W
Mr. Lawson

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many passports or other travel documents have been issued so far this year to Rhodesian Africans by Her Majesty's High Commission in Botswana; and how many were issued in each of the five previous years.

Mr. Luard

No records are kept of the race of persons to whom passports are issued.

Passports are issued to Rhodesian citizens who have no other citizenship and who are ordinarily resident outside Rhodesia. They are also issued to some categories of persons normally resident in Rhodesia who have a claim only to Rhodesian citizenship. These categories, as described in a statement made by the then Attorney-General on 17th June

Residents of of Rhodesia Rhodesians resident elsewhere Total
July 1972-December 1973 159 40 199
1974 174 165 339
1975 128 166 294
1st January-30th September 1976 161 96 257
Figures for the period January 1970-June 1972 are not available.