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Political Life (Allegations)

Volume 932: debated on Tuesday 24 May 1977

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Q31.

asked the Prime Minister what further inquiry he intends to initiate or pursue into the subject matter of the investigation concerning South African involvement in discrediting the Liberal Party, which he referred to in the Official Report, 20th May 1976, columns 1703–4, in the light of the completion of the recent criminal proceedings in the Central Criminal Court; and whether he will make a statement.

As I told the House in reply to a Question from the hon. Member for Blaby (Mr. Lawson) on 26th October, the investigation to which the hon. and learned Member refers has been taken as far as possible on the basis of the evidence available. The recent proceedings in the Central Criminal Court do not affect that position. Unless new evidence is forthcoming, I do not envisage further action.