HC Deb 29 January 1979 vol 961 cc349-50W
Mr. Churchill

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has as to the identity of the consignee of guns, ammunition and other weapons of war being shipped regularly each week from the United Kingdom to Zambia on aircraft of Transmeridian, a United Kingdom-based cargo carrier; whether Government authorisation has been granted in respect of these shipments; and if he will give an assurance that none of these goods find their way into the hands of terrorists attacking Rhodesia.

Mr. Rowlands

Transmeridian is under contract to the British Government to deliver various items of military equipment which, as my right hon. Friend told the House on 2 November, we have agreed to supply to the Zambian Government—[Vol. 957, c. 186]. The Zambian Government have given us firm assurances that the equipment will be

Affairs what further steps he is taking in the light of the right hon. Member for Anglesey's report to bring about a negotiated peace in Rhodesia.

Dr. Owen

As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister made clear in his statement on 17 January, we and the United States Government are resolved to continue our efforts to seek a negotiated settlement. I shall be discussing the situation with the United States Secretary of State, Mr. Vance, in Washington on Friday, 2 and Saturday 3 February.

Mr. Eldon Griffiths

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many Rhodesians are known to have left Rhodesia in each quarter of the past two years, respectively.

Mr. Rowlands

According to statistics published by the regime in Salisbury, the numbers of Europeans who have left Rhodesia during the past two years are:

used for no other purpose than the defence of Zambia and will not be passed to any third party.

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