§ Mr. Biggs-Davison
asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether official talks with Provisional Sinn Féin have been ended; and, if so, on what date.
§ Mr. Merlyn Rees
As I said in reply to a Question by the hon. Member for Antrim, North (Rev. Ian Paisley) on 18th March—[Vol. 907, c. 583]—my officials will talk with any lawful organisation in Northern Ireland, although no negotiations have taken place, or will take place. I am not prepared to give details of meetings with individual organisations.