HC Deb 07 December 1978 vol 959 c734W
18. Mr. Flannery

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether there are any political indications that the two major communities in Northern Ireland are moving towards one another across the sectarian divide; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Mason

I can see little sign of any dramatic change of attitude on the part of the political parties most identified with the two traditions in Northern Ireland, although I am encouraged by the fact that they are prepared to talk to me about the possibility of making some political progress.