§ 22. Mr. Biggs-Davison
asked the President of the Board of Trade what conversations and communications his Department has had with tobacco buyers regarding the implications of a unilateral declaration of Rhodesia's independence.
§ Mr. Biggs-Davison
Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that great concern was felt in Rhodesia because of certain discussions, which I fully understand the right hon. Gentleman cannot disclose? In view of the visit of the Lord Chancellor and the Secretary of State for Commonwealth Relations to Rhodesia, which we welcome, and which we hope will lead to a good understanding with the people of Rhodesia—[HON. MEMBERS: "All the people of Rhodesia?"] Of course, all the people of Rhodesia. May we understand that there will be no kind of economic menaces towards Rhodesia? Will he bear in mind the grave consequences to the balance of payments if we were forced to purchase perhaps 100 million dollars worth of leaf tobacco across the exchange?