§ Q6. Mr. Michael Latham
asked the Prime Minister what communication has been made by him to the Prime Minister or the Government of the Republic of South Africa regarding the allegations of South African involvement in British 122W political affairs made by his predecessor, Official Report 9th March 1976, c. 245–7, and alluded to by himself,Official Report, 20th May 1976, c. 1704; and whether he will make a statement.
§ Q18. Mr. Ian Lloyd
asked the Prime Minister if he will make a statement on the issues arising from the publication on television of a confidential letter from him to Mr. Jack Jones on the subject of British trade union influence on events in South Africa.
§ The Prime Minister
The letter in question was neither confidential nor about British trade union influence on events in South Africa. It was in reply to a letter from Mr. Jack Jones and 27 other trade unionists, and set out Her Majesty's Government's policy on South Africa and Namibia. My letter was also copied to the General Secretary of the TUC and the Honorary Secretary of the Anti-Apartheid Movement, and received extensive circulation.