§ Mr. Moonman
asked the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what information he has relating to material support provided by the Government of Libya to the IRA in Northern Ireland; and what steps he has taken to inform the Government of Libya of the concern of Her Majesty's Government.
§ Mr. Tomlinson
As my right hon. Friend, the then Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, told the House on 21st May 1975, we had indications that the Irish Republican Army had received some aid from Libya and Her Majesty's Government have made it clear to the Libyan Government on a number of occasions that they regard any support for the Irish Republican Army as interference in the internal affairs of the United Kingdom. The Libyan Head of State, Colonel Qadhafi, has, however, recently stated publicly that Libya gives the Irish Republican Army no material support.