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Volume 976: debated on Wednesday 16 January 1980

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asked the Lord Privy Seal what representations he has made to the Soviet Government about their involvement in recent events in Afghanistan; what their response has been; and if he will make a statement.

My right hon. Friend the Prime Minister sent a message to President Brezhnev on 29 December, deploring the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan. President Brezhnev's reply was delivered on 3 January. I made a statement to the House about Afghanistan on 14 January.