§ Mr. Proctor
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the British mercenaries held in Angola in the light of recent statements by representatives of UNITA.
§ Mr. Onslow
In a communiqué issued in Paris and Lisbon on 14 March, UNITA offered to exchange "some" Czechoslovak captives for the seven British mercenaries in prison in Angola. It is however still our expectation that the question of the British prisoners will be resolved bilaterally with the Angolan authorities with which we are in touch. We shall continue to do all we can to effect the early release of our prisoners.