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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 31st March 1977.

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Photo of Mr Michael Foot Mr Michael Foot , Ebbw Vale 12:00 am, 31st March 1977

My hon. Friend has given me the opportunity to assure him that of course the arrangements for the debate are not intended in any sense whatever to bring any pressure on those involved in the case. If we had not put the matter down for debate next week, I would have been criticised by some of my hon. Friends who had asked for a debate and to whom I had given a pledge. If the case is sub judice, the debate will have to be arranged for a later time. I promised that we would have a debate before Mr. Agee and Mr. Hosenball were required to leave the country, and that still stands.