HC Deb 03 December 1980 vol 995 c107W
16. Mr. Lawrence

asked the Lord Privy Seal what progress has been made at the Madrid review conference regarding the protection of human rights in the Soviet Union; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Blaker

It is a major British aim at the Madrid meeting to secure improved implementation of principle VII of the Helsinki Final Act on respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. The United Kingdom delegation in Madrid has already made clear the strong feelings of the British people against the current campaign of repression in the USSR and the need for progress in this area if confidence in the CSCE process is to be maintained.

21. Mr. Whitehead

asked the Lord Privy Seal if he will make a statement on the United Kingdom's participation in the Madrid review conference of the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe.

Mr. Blaker

I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave fly hon. Friend the Member for Streatham (Mr. Shelton) earlier today.