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Eastern Europe

Volume 164: debated on Monday 8 January 1990

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To ask the Prime Minister if she has any plans to meet the Heads of Government of (a) Bulgaria, (b) East Germany, and (c) Czechoslovakia, to discuss the creation of free markets in those countries.

I have no immediate plans to meet the Heads of Government of Bulgaria, East Germany or Czechoslovakia. I have no doubt that when I do meet them, economic reform will be high on the agenda.

To ask the Prime Minister what recent representations she has made to President Gorbachev regarding the political situation in eastern Europe.

We and other western Governments have kept in close contact with the Soviet authorities over developments in eastern Europe. This was one of the topics at my meeting with Mr. Shevardnadze on 19 December.