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Volume 13: debated on Monday 16 November 1981

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asked the Lord Privy Seal if, in view of the fact that the new President, Prime Minister and Minister of Defence in Iran are hard-line Marxists, he has made any reassessment of the degree of influence of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in Iran and its effects upon security in the Gulf.

We recognise the right of the Iranian people to be governed by whatever regime they choose for themselves. The situation in Iran, together with all its implications, including those involving the Soviet Union, is kept under continual review.