HC Deb 13 February 1978 vol 944 cc82-3W
Mr. Hugh Jenkins

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) what is his estimate of the effect on relations between Great Britain and African States of recruitment of British nationals as mercenaries;

(2) when he expects to introduce legislation to seek to end the recruitment of British nationals as mercenaries.

Mr. Rowlands

The Government recognise that the activities of certain British nationals as mercenaries in Africa has a damaging effect on British relations with African States, and are considering legislation to prevent recruitment for such activities. I cannot yet say when this legislation would be introduced.