Britain's Pearce Commission--in Rhodesia to gauge public opinion on the proposed settlement terms between London and Salisbury--is expected to leave for home on Saturday (II March).
CU Rhodesian newspaper with headline "Nation-wide call for change"
CU Billboard "Prince of Pearce"
CU PAN FROM Sign "British Commission" to tent with Africans walking about (2 shots)
LV Africans enter Commission tent
GV PAN Tent
SV Rawlings leaves tent and walks to landrover.
Initials BB/2216 DME/AW/BB/2300
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Background: Britain's Pearce Commission--in Rhodesia to gauge public opinion on the proposed settlement terms between London and Salisbury--is expected to leave for home on Saturday (II March).
This week, commissioners held final interviews--then set about the job of closing down their office in Salisbury.
The process of sifting through the evidence will be done in London--and it is not expected that Lord Pearce will report to the British Parliament until the latter part of next month.
SYNOPSIS: The Pearce Commission-and in Salisbury widespread newspaper comment on its effect on Rhodesian life. This week saw the last of the hearings in which Lord Pearce and his team have attempted to judge public opinion on the proposed terms of settlement between Britain and Rhodesia. This hearing: in a tent, a short distance from the capital, Salisbury.
Hearing the views of an African community was Commissioner Colin Rawlings. It was his last meeting after eight weeks of gathering opinion on the settlement. All that remained was the formality of closing down the Commission's office in Salisbury and the return of the commissioners to London this weekend. But their work isn't over. For Mr. Rawlings and his companions there remain weeks of discussion and analysis before Lord Pearce presents his report to the British Parliament--probably in late April.