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Bill of Rights

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 22nd June 1989.

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Photo of Mr Tom King Mr Tom King The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 12:00 am, 22nd June 1989

It is not accurate to say that. If the hon. Gentleman studies the European convention, he will realise that there are circumstances in which nations seeking to defend themselves against the evils of terrorism may, on occasions, have to take emergency steps which are consistent with, or recognised under, a convention on human rights because of the particular circumstances at the time. Any Bill of Rights would have to recognise those circumstances. The real attack on the rights of citizens and individual liberty comes from those who seek to murder and maim their fellow citizens.