HC Deb 25 February 1981 vol 999 c881
Mr. Speaker

I should inform the House that I have today sent a telegram to the President of the Spanish Congress of Deputies, Senor Lavilla, in the following terms: I was shocked to hear of the outrage committed yesterday against the Congress of Deputies and against yourself as its President. You and the Deputies underwent a severe ordeal, and your conduct has earned the respect of parliamentarians throughout the democratic world. I offer the congratulations of the House of Commons on the happy outcome to a development which alarmed the friends of Spanish democracy.