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Volume 124: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has received regarding Her Majesty's Government's policy of doing no deals with international hostage-takers.

A wide range of representations and comments has been made about our policy since its inception. We believe that doing deals with hostage-takers only leads to more kidnappings and violence. That is why our policy is, and will remain, one of making no substantive concessions to terrorism.