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Constitutional Settlement

Volume 987: debated on Thursday 3 July 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent consultations he has had with other political parties with a view to obtaining an agreed constitutional settlement in Northern Ireland.

I keep in regular contact both at Westminster and in Northern Ireland with the leaders and members of other political parties on a wide range of matters. I hope, following the publication of the Government's proposals for political advance in Northern Ireland, to focus my discussions on obtaining an acceptable means of transferring powers of government back to the locally elected representatives of the people of Northern Ireland.