Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions – in the House of Commons at 3:43 pm on 20th May 2013.

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Photo of William Hague William Hague The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs 3:43 pm, 20th May 2013

The hon. Gentleman is entirely entitled to be disappointed with my previous answer, but it was my answer. Let me put it differently. I doubt whether, if Iran had been represented at the Geneva conference last year, we would have reached agreement even on the step of being in favour of a transitional Government formed by mutual consent. At least the permanent members of the Security Council and the other nations present were able to agree on that at last year’s conference, but I am sceptical about whether we would have agreed on it if Iran had been in the room.