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Volume 129: debated on Wednesday 9 March 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what current steps he is taking, through diplomatic contacts, to bring about the release of Mr. Terry Waite and other British hostages still imprisoned by Arab terrorists; and whether he is pursuing diplomatic initiatives through the United Nations Security Council.

Her Majesty's embassy in Beirut is very active in trying to obtain information about the disappearance and whereabouts of all British hostages held in the Lebanon. We have repeatedly called upon Governments or organisations with influence over the hostage-takers to use their influence to secure the release of all those held. We are also in regular contact with other Governments, including members of the United Nations Security Council, who might be able to help.