Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 18th December 1990.

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Photo of Mr John Major Mr John Major , Huntingdon 12:00 am, 18th December 1990

I am happy to join my hon. Friend in those wishes. We owe a tremendous debt to our forces in the Gulf and I am sure that, without exception, we wish them a happy Christmas. I look forward to going out to visit them very shortly after Christmas.

As for the solution of the Gulf crisis, that rests squarely with Saddam Hussein. Time is running out for him. The international community has made it clear that force will be used if Iraq has not withdrawn totally and unconditionally from Kuwait by 15 January. I hope that Saddam Hussein will take that very seriously indeed.