HC Deb 26 January 1977 vol 924 cc615-6W
Mr. Arnold

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will publish the total number of staff from his Department on the British delegation to the Geneva Conference on Rhodesia; and if he will specify their grades.

Mr. Tomlinson

The number has fluctuated in accordance with requirements. On 14th December, when the Conference adjourned, the British delegation numbered 12 in addition to the Chairman, Mr. Ivor Richard. Their ranks were: one Assistant Under-Secretary, two Counsellors, one Legal Counsellor, three First Secretaries, one Attaché and four secretarial staff.

Mr. Lee

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will issue advice to private citizens of the United Kingdom seeking to enter Rhodesia during the continued existence of the illegal regime there so as to minimise the risks of such persons committing offences akin to treason.

Mr. Rowlands

Those who contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for advice are informed that the colony is in rebellion against the Crown and that they are liable to prosecution if they contravene United Kingdom sanctions legislation. They are also informed that the security situation in that country is unsettled, that normal consular facilities and protection from Her Majesty's Government are not available and that they might find themselves liable for call up to the Rhodesian Armed Forces.

Mr. Arnold

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what sums have been appropriated for the use of each delegation at the Geneva Conference; and under what Vote the sums are authorised.

Mr. Tomlinson

Expenditure in connection with the attendance of the five delegations at the Rhodesia Conference has been as follows.

Delegation of: £
Mr. Mugabe 43,401
Bishop Muzorewa 41,522
Mr. Nkomo 41,482
Mr. Sithole 37,718
Mr. Smith 42,528
Total 206,651
This expenditure is being borne on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Other External Relations Vote (Class II, Vote 5). Also borne on this Vote are the costs relating to the secretariat staff and the provision of office accommodation and services in Geneva amounting to about £47,400.

Expenditure in respect of the Chairman and his staff is being met from the Diplomatic and Consular Services Vote (Class II, Vote 1). To date this amounts to about £42,500, excluding the costs of the Chairman's African tour which are not yet known in detail.

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