HC Deb 26 June 1985 vol 81 c412W
50. Sir John Farr

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent steps he has taken to offer assistance to those former Rhodesian public employees, now living in Britain, to seek to secure the release by the Zimbabwe Government of modest amounts of capital in cases of hardship or ill-health.

Mr. Rifkind

We take every opportunity to impress upon the Zimbabwean authorities the hardship which their exchange controls can cause. During my right hon. and learned Friend's visit to Zimbabwe in January, he raised the matter with the Zimbabwean authorities and asked that sympathetic consideration continue to be given to genuine hardship cases. We have throughout taken up individual hardship cases with the Zimbabwean authorities through our high commission in Harare, and we have been able to secure concessionary treatment for a number of these.