Republic of Ireland (Talks)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 9 May 1985.

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Photo of Hon. Douglas Hurd Hon. Douglas Hurd , Witney 12:00, 9 May 1985

I must hold to the answer that I have given on this. If there is to be some new form of parliamentary arrangement between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, its solidity, endurance and life will depend on that being a genuine parliamentary initiative. Governments can then facilitate and discuss it to the extent that Governments have to. But the impetus must come from Parliament.