Cease-fire

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th December 1972.

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Photo of Mr Stanley McMaster Mr Stanley McMaster , Belfast East 12:00 am, 14th December 1972

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what communications he has received from Republican sources in the past four weeks with respect to a cease-fire in Northern Ireland; and what reply has been given by, or on behalf of, Her Majesty's Government.

Photo of Mr William Whitelaw Mr William Whitelaw , Penrith and The Border

As my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister told the House on 30th November, no direct approaches have been made either by the Official or by the Provisional IRA.

Photo of Mr Stanley McMaster Mr Stanley McMaster , Belfast East

Does the Secretary of State now agree that it would be a mistake to negotiate in any way with the official or unofficial IRA?

Photo of Mr William Whitelaw Mr William Whitelaw , Penrith and The Border

There is no question of negotiating with them at all. If they want a cease-fire, they can stop shooting.