The RT. Hon. Member for Brighton, Pavilion (Personal Statement)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 23rd November 1979.

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Photo of Mr Julian Amery Mr Julian Amery , Brighton, Pavilion 12:00 am, 23rd November 1979

With your permission, Mr. Speaker, I should like to make a personal statement.

I understand that there has been criticism of remarks which I made in a television interview with Mr. Robin Day after the Blunt debate on Wednesday night.

I tried, for greater accuracy, to secure a transcript of what I said, but the BBC advised me that it did not have one.

I wish to make it clear that it was never my intention to suggest that any hon. Member was guilty of any illegal action, such as treason or espionage.

Nevertheless, I quite understand that some of the words I used have had the effect of reflecting on the honour of the House and of individual Members. For that reason I am very glad to withdraw them, and I do so without hesitation.