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Iran (Temporary Powers) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:36 pm on 12th May 1980.

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Photo of Mr Cecil Parkinson Mr Cecil Parkinson , Hertfordshire South 11:36 pm, 12th May 1980

As I understand it, the Japanese Government have associated themselves very clearly with the decisions announced by the EEC Foreign Ministers on 22 April, including those concerning economic sanctions.

My hon. Friend the Member for Bury St. Edmunds (Mr. Griffiths) said that he hoped that the Bill would not become a substitute for diplomatic action and that diplomatic action would continue. I assure him that diplomatic action in a variety of ways is continuing, even during the course of these discussions.

Various hon. Friends have raised the question of a possible blockade of the Straits of Hormuz. I remind them that when my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister reported to the House on the results of the meetings of Heads of Government in Luxembourg she made it quite clear that in her opinion the use of force, including any attempt to blockade the Straits of Hormuz, would be an extremely grave step and one that should not be taken until all other attempts to solve the problem had failed.