Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th December 1976.

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Photo of Mr John Ellis Mr John Ellis , Brigg and Scunthorpe 12:00 am, 14th December 1976

Does my right hon. Friend agree that success depends not on whether he, Mr. Ivor Richard or anyone else is at the talks? It depends on the main participants on both sides reaching an agreement. In his statement my right hon. Friend referred to the more direct rôle—as I understood it—that we might take. Will he give a categorical assurance that this does not mean our getting involved with any military forces or any police operation, but means that we are trying to get the two sides together and that the future rôle is in their hands rather than in the hands of this country, the Americans or anyone else?