§ Mr. Fisher
To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) whether he will ask the Iranian ambassador to call on him to discuss the renewal of the death threat on Mr. Salman Rushdie by the Iranian Minister for Islamic Religious Affairs and the implications for international laws protecting individuals;
(2) what steps Her Majesty's Government are taking following the renewal of the death threat on Mr. Salman Rushdie by the Iranian Minister for Islamic Religious Affairs; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Douglas Hogg
Our chargé d'affaires in Tehran has expressed to the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs our concern about certain recent statements made in Iran about Mr. Rushdie. We continue to understand that the Iranian Government respect international law and would not interfere in the internal affairs of any other country, any more than the United Kingdom would.