§ Sir Patrick Wall
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he is taking to obtain the payment and pensions of the officers of the Zimbabwean Air Force who were imprisoned and acquitted in Zimbabwe and who have now returned to the United Kingdom.
§ Mr. Rifkind
The officers are all Zimbabwean citizens and their claim is against the Zimbabwe Government. They are pursuing it through their legal advisers. We have no formal standing in the matter even though some of the men concurrently hold British citizenship. Nevertheless we are in touch with the officers and we have raised the matter informally with the Zimbabwean authorities on several occasions. We shall continue to do what we properly can to be helpful.