§ LORD BARNBY
asked Her Majesty's Government:
Whether, in connection with Rhodesia, they will state in clearly definitive language the meaning of the five points referred to in the gracious Speech on July 2; and whether they will define the inferred emergent actions required by paragraph 8, page 9, of Cmnd. 3793.1503WA
§ THE MARQUESS OF LOTHIAN
The five principles referred to in the gracious Speech on July 2 as governing the approach of Her Majesty's Government to a settlement of the Rhodesian problem are as follows:
- (1) The principle and intention of unimpeded progress to majority rule, already enshrined in the 1961 Constitution, would have to be maintained and guaranteed.
- (2) There would also have to be guarantees against retrogressive amendment of the Constitution.
- (3) There would have to be immediate improvement in the political status of the African population.
- (4) There would have to be progress towards ending racial discrimination.
- (5) The British Government would need to be satisfied that any basis proposed for independence was acceptable to the people of Rhodesia as a whole.
As regards the second part of the Question, I am unable to interpret a White Paper issued by the previous Administration.