§ 25. Mr. Alton
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the progress of talks between the South African authorities and the Commonwealth representative group.
§ Sir Geoffrey Howe
Those taking part in the Commonwealth group are acting independently and not as representatives of Governments. We are encouraged by the fact that the group described its recent visit to South Africa asa useful and constructive first round of discussions".
We continue to regard this as an important initiative to which we are giving our full support.